Big-ticket advertisers such as Procter & Gamble and Staples have pulled their green from Don Imus' morning program in the wake of a racist comment the broadcaster made about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Bigelow Tea has similarly suspended its advertising, and may yank it all together, but GM and AMEX are standing pat (though the latter intends to "monitor" the show going forward, says the New York Daily News).

The Rutgers players, meanwhile, expressed their feelings to the press on Tuesday, saying Imus has "stolen a moment of pure grace" from the NCAA finalists. With an eye to their to-be-scheduled face-to-face with Imus, one player said she wants to ask him, "'Now that you've met me, am I a ho?' Unless they've given 'ho' a new definition, that's not what I am."

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