Late last night, Oxygen aired the last episode of its popular call-in show, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson.
The series began as a Canadian call-in show back in 1996. It was extremely popular and featured sex educator Johanson offering colorful and up-front sexual advice. Reruns of the series were picked up by Oxygen but American audiences became frustrated by not being able to call in.
As a result, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson debuted in 2002. The 77-year-old grandmother became very popular and has become a frequent guest on the late night talk show circuit.
Almost six years later, Talk Sex has come to an end. Though the series is Oxygen’s highest-rated late-night show and the current season boasted its highest ratings among viewers, the elder host realized it was time to go. Because of the show’s call-in format, the midnight show couldn’t be prerecorded and the timeslot was apparently wearing of Johanson.
The last episode of Talk Sex featured viewer calls as well as a countdown of the year’s top 10 sex toys. At the end of the program, choking back tears, Johanson spoke directly to the camera and said, “There’ll be a great big hole in my heart. I love doing this show. And it hurts leaving my loving crew. We’ve been together 14 years in total… it’s been a loving family.” Johanson continued, “And, of course, I’m going to miss you, my amazing audience. Your phone calls have really given life to Talk Sex. For that, I thank you. Sunday nights will never be the same again but it’s time to wrap it up.” As the credits rolled her, the show’s crew surrounded the elder host with hugs and flowers. A title card at the end read, “Sue Jo, Thank you for six wonderful years of fun and great advice. We’ll miss you! Love, Oxygen.”
Though her TV show has ended, Johanson has no plans to retire any time soon. She says that she will continue to lecture at colleges and universities across the country, educating audiences about sex. She also plans to return to radio with a new call-in show sometime soon. Stay tuned!