After six successful years on the Oxygen network south of the border, flawless Toronto septuagenarian sexpert Sue Johanson is ending her TV call-in show Talk Sex. The show was the most popular late-night draw for the network, receiving 100,000 attempted phone calls per episode, but the 77-year-old registered nurse, lecturer, and sex therapist felt it had become tiresome working the 11 p.m.–1 a.m. time slot for more than three decades.
Talk Sex began airing in 2002 on the Oxygen network, spun-off from Johanson’s famous local TV program, The Sunday Night Sex Show—itself originating in 1984 as a radio show running for fourteen years on Q107. The novelty of a grandmotherly figure comfortably using words like “queef” coupled with the educator’s wealth of knowledge, insight, and advice was a recipe for success, gaining fans from Oprah Winfrey to David Letterman. The final TV show on Sunday will count down the year’s top ten sex toys.
Johanson is an avid lecturer (reaching 47,000 university and college students annually), and despite shutting down the show, she isn’t retiring from the speaking circuit. She is also the author of three books and continues to write for the Toronto Star. An early trailblazer for sexual health education, Johanson controversially opened Canada’s first high school birth control clinic in 1972 at Don Mills Collegiate Institute. The qualified expert received postdoctorate education at the University of Toronto, the University of Michigan, and the Toronto Institute of Human Relations, and was awarded the Order of Canada in 2001. She has even developed a line of sex toys and counseled prison inmates.
Talk Sex and The Sunday Night Sex Show now appear in more than twenty countries around the world, and more than four million Americans tune in to the program every Sunday night. The only request Oxygen made of Johanson for U.S. audiences was not to say “cock ring,” as she was wont to do on the Canadian version. American ears are sensitive like that.
Images via Oxygen.