by Arianna Huffington
Monday, 17 June, 2002
The last episode of Politically Incorrect will be broadcast on June 28.
I'm going to be on it one last time, and I've promised myself I won't cry on
the air. Once the cameras go off -- well, that's another story. You see, the
show has been a touchstone for me over the last nine years -- both in the
evolution of my political ideas and the changes in my personal life.
My first appearance was in November 1993, when the show was on Comedy
Central and taping in New York. I was on with Harry Shearer, Rep. Jim
Traficant, and Dr. Peter Kramer, who had just published "Listening To
Prozac." Since then, Shearer -- the brilliant satirist, and voice of half
'The Simpsons' characters -- has become a close friend and co-conspirator,
Traficant has been convicted of racketeering, and I've gone on to launch a
mini-crusade disagreeing with Dr. Kramer's rosy assessment of the miraculous
effects of Prozac.
Doing "PI" was always a stimulating two-way street. Sometimes it gave me the
chance to mount my soapbox and sound off on subjects I care passionately
about, and sometimes it opened my mind to new topics and ideas that I then
went on to write about..
...Bill has said that he considers his last show not so much an end as a new
beginning -- "kind of like being transferred to another diocese." Well, my
friend, you can count on me to sing in your choir, whatever parish you wind
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