LARGO — After Tampa-based radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem caught wind of the case of 73-year-old Theresa Collier going to jail after slapping her cursing granddaughter, he called the teen out on air Monday morning.
Felicia Collier, 18, called him Tuesday.
After a 30-minute segment, culminating with an appearance by the senior Collier, and an offer of legal and counseling services, the story that has pinched the nerves of many around Tampa Bay may have reached a conclusion.
The charges of domestic battery against Collier, said Clem's lawyer, Kevin Hayslett, are likely to be dropped.
A local psychologist, Joe Saturley, also offered to provide counseling services for the family after the radio segment aired.
During the segment, Clem told the teenager what he thought of her behavior — in terms more befitting the Jerry Springer Show than Dr. Phil in his efforts to force her apology.
"Now … do the right thing for your poor grandma," he said. "Stop being bull-headed and stop being the Felicia that everybody thinks you are and do the right thing."
When Felicia Collier's grandmother came on air after she was called by producers, the teen offered an apology, of sorts.
"I still don't know how it all went that wrong. I do think it's wrong that they arrested you. I wish you didn't have to go through that. I do love you," Collier said.
The grandmother didn't seem moved.
"It didn't sound very apologetic," she said.