FILE - In this April 9, 2016 file photo, Drew Pinsky arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Burbank, Calif. Pinsky's show "Dr. Drew," has been canceled by the HLN network. His last episode will air on Sept. 22. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Dr. Drew canceled by HLN soon after discussing Hillary Clinton’s health

“Dr. Drew On Call,” a show on the HLN channel hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, has been canceled.

The last episode of the prime-time show that featured Pinsky and aired on CNN’s sister channel will air on Sept. 22.  The show has been on the air since 2011, and, according to CNN, it is being dropped as the channel’s lineup is being revamped.

However, speculation on social media outlets about the reason Pinsky’s show was canceled has swirled around comments Pinsky made on a radio show on Aug. 17 in which he questioned the health of Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton.

Pinsky comments on KABC’s “McIntyre in the Morning” radio show questioned whether Clinton is suffering from serious medical issues.

“What is going on with her health care? It’s bizarre. I got to tell you. Maybe they have reasons, but at a distance, it looks bizarre. There ought to be some sort of standard for people that are going to lead the country or are going to making these important decisions. Again, Hillary may be fine with all of this. I mean, it’s dangerous and it’s concerning, but you can see—and by the way, there were two other things that gravely concerned us. When she hit her head, she had to wear these prism glasses when she came out.

“…. That is brain damage, and it’s affecting her balance. Now clearly, it hasn’t affected her cognition, but tell us a little more about that. That’s profound. And then number two, when they screened her for heart disease, again, they did an old-fashioned screen. It just seems like she’s getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid, and you’ve got to wonder. You’ve got to wonder. It’s not so much that her health is a grave concern. It’s that the care she’s getting could make it a concern.”

According to a Washington Post story, Pinsky based his comments on a letter released by Clinton’s internist, Lisa Bardack, who has been Clinton’s physician for some 15 years. The letter described Clinton as suffering from two ongoing medical conditions – hypothyroidism and seasonal pollen allergies. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormones, hormones that regulate the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development and bone maintenance. 

It was the second time this year that Pinsky had commented on Clinton’s health. He apologized in January for saying on air that Clinton’s late return to the stage in a debate against Democratic rival Bernie Sanders was due to a “flare-up of a brain injury.”

Both Pinsky and CNN said the show was ended by mutual agreement. Pinsky is expected to remain with the network as an occasional commentator.

See The Washington Post for the full story.

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