Dr. Robi Ludwig, the Fox News “expert” psychologist who boldly claimed “homosexual impulses” may have compelled 22-year-old Elliot Rodger to murder six students and commit suicide near the University of California Santa Barbra campus on Friday night, is already feeling the burn from her dangerous on-air diagnosis.
“When I was first listening to him, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s angry with women for rejecting him,’” Ludwig told Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro and millions of live viewers. “And then I started to have a different idea: Is this somebody who is trying to fight against his homosexual impulses?’” She referenced the 141-page manifesto and several YouTube videos Rodger left behind, claiming that his sexless college career somehow drove him to desire men.
Ludwig’s comments immediately sparked outrage on Twitter and eventually forced her to issue a non-pology, which she posted to her personal Facebook page yesterday. “My job on @judgejeanine was to asses several possible triggers for #ElliotRoger and his behavior,” she said, claiming that her message was “misunderstood” and that she never intended to offend.
As a result, real estate giant Coldwell Banker announced yesterday that the company will no longer be working with Dr. Ludwig as a lifestyle real estate correspondent: “Dr. Robi’s comments on the tragedy in Santa Barbara do not represent the opinions of Coldwell Banker,” reads the statement, issued on Facebook. “Therefore at this time we feel it best to part ways with her as our lifestyle real estate correspondent.”
As a psychologist who regularly appears on television to weigh in on a variety of topics, Dr. Ludwig reportedly still working as a contributor for “the Today Show, CNN, Headline News, TruTv, The Bill Cunningham Show, E!, Regis and Kelly, Oprah, The View, Bill O’Reilly, and Hannity and Colmes.”
Update: Coldwell Banker has removed all articles featuring Ludwig from their website.