Don Imus

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Don Imus is the popular veteran radio and talk show host of Imus in the Morning, which was previously "syndicated to 70 stations around the country by CBS" [1] and simulcast Monday through Friday on MSNBC. He is married to Deirdre Imus.

On April 11, 2007, MSNBC dropped its simulcast of the radio program, "responding to growing outrage about the radio host's racial slur against the Rutgers women's basketball team." Imus' comments were "widely denounced by civil rights and women's groups." [2]

"MSNBC's action came after a growing list of sponsors - including American Express Co., Sprint Nextel Corp., Staples Inc., Procter & Gamble Co., and General Motors Corp. - said they were pulling ads from Imus' show for the indefinite future.

"NBC News President Steve Capus said he made the decision after reading thousands of e-mails and having countless discussions with NBC workers and the public, but he denied the potential loss of advertising dollars had anything to do with it." [3]

Only two days earlier, on April 9, 2007, NBC and CBS suspended the Imus in the Morning show for two weeks, beginning on Monday, April 16, for Imus' demeaning remarks on April 4, calling the Rutgers women's basketball team, among other things, 'That's some nappy-headed hos there, I'm going to tell you that.'" [4]

MSNBC's "decision does not affect Imus' nationally syndicated radio show, and the ultimate decision on the fate of that program will rest with executives at CBS Corp. In a statement, CBS reiterated that Imus will be suspended without pay for two weeks beginning on Monday, and that CBS Radio 'will continue to speak with all concerned parties and monitor the situation closely.'" [5]

Imus returned to the air in December 2007 after signing a new deal with ABC Radio Networks. New York's WABC is his new flagship station.[6] The show is simulcast on RFD-TV.[7]


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