Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of radio call-in program Loveline, is leaving the show on April 28 after 30 years as its regular host.
The 57-year-old board-certified internist and addiction medicine specialist known as Dr. Drew wants to focus on other projects, including his current stints on HLN, the radio show Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood on 790-KABC Los Angeles and his Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast, which will expand to five days a week.
“I am not leaving radio,” he says in a statement. “The Loveline brand is still strong and perhaps we will bring it back some day. But for now, this version is ending and I will be focusing on all of my other projects. It has been a privilege to have served the listeners and share deeply in personal stories. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity.”
Pinsky had been doling out sex advice to callers since 1984 when he first appeared on Los Angeles rock station KROQ as part of a segment called “Ask A Surgeon.” Later called Loveline, the show was syndicated nationally in 1995 when Adam Carolla joined as co-host. Its regular slot is Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
An MTV version of Loveline aired from 1996 to 2000 and spawned a book, The Dr. Drew and Adam Book: A Survival Guide to Life and Love, released in 1998.
A common feature of Loveline were celebrity guests, who would join the conversation live and answer questions posed by listeners. They included actors, musicians and reality TV personalities like Slash, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, Eliza Dushku and members of Blink-182, among many others.
Pinksy broke the news on KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show on Thursday, April 21, to which he phones in regularly. It’s unclear whether the show will continue with another host, but according to people in the know, there are no plans to continue at this time.
The doctor’s broadcast career also includes the TV shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Sober House and Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew. In 2009, he released the book The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Seducing America, published by HarperCollins. Pinsky will also conitnue to host MTV’s Teen Mom reunion specials.