Only a few hours after the massacre in Santa Barbara last Friday night, Dr. Robi Ludwig — the so-called expert psychologist Fox News chooses to throw in front of a camera on occasions such as these — believed she had watched enough YouTube and read enough of the killer’s manifesto to assert that his motivation must have been driven by “homosexual impulses.”
During the live broadcast, Ludwig told the host, Jeanine Pirro:
When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him. And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?
This ever-so-expert long-distance diagnosis led her to further claim that his prolonged collegiate abstinence must have been so frustrating that he decided he should perhaps desire men.
The furor over her asinine comments was swift and manifested itself on Twitter and other social media platforms. Because of the backlash, Ludwig offered an, “I’m sorry you were offended,” style of apology on her Facebook page.
My job on @judgejeanine was to assess several possible triggers for #ElliotRoger and his behavior.
She assured everyone that they must have simply misunderstood her intent because she never meant her comments to be offensive.
Perhaps Ludwig hoped that social PR offensive would smooth things over. Unfortunately, not everyone was satisfied. Nationwide real estate firm Coldwell Banker decided to withdraw their support and continued employment from Ludwig. She had served as a lifestyle real estate correspondent for the company until recently when they released a statement that read:
Dr. Robi’s comments on the tragedy in Santa Barbara do not represent the opinions of Coldwell Banker. Therefore at this time we feel it best to part ways with her as our lifestyle real estate correspondent.
Following the statement, all remnants of Ludwig’s employment, including her profile page and all writings performed for the company, had been summarily scrubbed from their website. It is uncertain if this is the first domino to fall in light of Dr. Ludwig’s offensive and professionally misguided comments.
In addition to regular appearances on Fox News, Ludwig has regularly appeared on and is reportedly still working as a contributor for such programs as The Today Show, The Bill Cunningham Show, The View, and the O’Reilly Factor in addition to frequent appearances on CNN, Headline News, TruTv and E!.