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Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the radio show host who recently came under fire for using the N-word 11 times live on the air, said yesterday that she will end her radio show when her contract terminates at the end of 2010.

Schlessinger made her announcement on Larry King Live, adding that she hopes to “regain her First Amendment rights.”

In announcing her decision to end her radio career of more than 30 years, Schlessinger said, “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry or some special-interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent.”

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While Schlessinger says she regrets the N-word incident, she told King that she feels her freedom of speech rights “have been usurped by angry, hateful groups who don’t want to debate — they want to eliminate.”

“I decided it was time to move on to other venues where I could say my peace and not have to live in fear anymore,” she said.

Schlessinger will now try to expand her internet presence via her official website.

“I’m not retiring. I’m not quitting,” she said. “I feel energized actually, stronger and freer to say the things that I believe need to be said for people in this country.”

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