Talker on the Right Gets Star Treatment in Left-Leaning Hollywood
The Right Frequency offers many examples of how political talk radio overlapped with Hollywood — including those who tried to make the transition from one industry to the other.
Some were successful, such as movie critic Michael Medved, and former SNL icon Dennis Miller. Others were not, such as comedians Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo.
Now the Hollywood Reporter says that a double rarity, a conservative and a non-actor, is getting one of Hollywood’s biggest honors.
The Class of 2015 Star Honorees – the 30 people selected to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame – includes TV, movie and music personalities as well as one unique selection: Larry Elder, one of just a handful of celebrities in political talk-radio to get his own star.
Of the more than 2,500 people honored with a star, hundreds are from the radio industry, though few who focus on political talk. Rush Limbaugh, who pioneered conservative talk radio in the 1980s doesn’t have a star, nor do Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck or Michael Savage, all of whom have bigger audiences than Elder.
“My first thought was, ‘I am happy and grateful for the appreciation. My second thought was, ‘I hope they didn’t confuse me with Samuel L. Jackson,'” Elder joked in an email to The Hollywood Reporter. “Maybe my induction might induce the committee to recognize the contributions of others in the field.”
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