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'Brady Bunch' Star Susan Olsen Sends Homophobic Message On Facebook, Gets Booted From Radio Talk Show

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Susan Olsen is best remembered for her role as the wide-eyed and innocent Cindy Brady, the youngest of The Brady Bunch gang. Last week, we got a reminder that, often times, the real-life actors are far from being like their fictional counterparts.

Olsen, 55, has just been fired from her gig as a radio show co-host, after she’d apparently launched a homophobic tirade on Facebook against a recent guest of the show, according to US Weekly. Olsen had been co-hosting a show called “Two Chicks Talkin' Politics” on the Los Angeles-based LA Talk Radio, a sort of DIY station where you can apply to be a host (there are plenty of available slots).

The incident started on Wednesday, when openly-gay actor Leon Acord-Whiting wrote on Facebook to accuse Olsen, who is vocally pro-Trump, of spreading right-leaning lies. The post was written right after he'd made an appearance on Olsen's show:

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The next day, Olsen fired back with this:

Despite Olsen’s saying that she’d been blocked before she could reply, Acord-Whiting shared screenshots of an exchange he had with Olsen through private messaging. In the messages, Olsen launches a profane (warning!) and homophobic tirade against the actor:


(Via Leon Acord-Whiting/Facebook)

On Friday, without naming specifics, LA Talk Radio seemed to confirm that Olsen was booted from her gig:

Acord-Whiting then took to Facebook again on Sunday to say that he wasn't exactly jubilant over the firing, but added that it had to be done:

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Though, before the firing, he did get a few kicks with fan-created memes:

Interestingly, while Olsen has been a vocal Trump supporter, and has made unverified claims about everything from Islam to Hillary Clinton's role in the 2012 Benghazi attack, she has voiced support for same-sex marriage in the past. In 2013, she took to Facebook to talk about her advocacy for gay marriage as the Supreme Court held a hearing on the issue, according to ABC. Her stance was perhaps misguided, however. She'd lamented that actor Robert Reed, who played her on-screen dad on The Brady Bunch, had to keep his sexual orientation a secret in fear of being ostracized. "He never allowed himself to have a genuine love. He was forever taunted by his own disdain for the natural inclinations that he was BORN WITH," she wrote. Though it was perhaps tone-deaf to add, "being gay killed him." Reed had died in 1992 from colon cancer, with HIV being a contributing factor.