Imus in the Morning

1996, TV Show

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Don Imus Settles His Lawsuit with CBS

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CBS has reached a settlement on a breach-of-contract dispute with radio personality Don Imus, who was fired on April 12 for making racist and sexist remarks about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team on his nationally syndicated program. NBC News, which aired Imus in the Morning on cable network MSNBC, dropped the show as well. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but one company insider said Imus received less then half of the value of his five-year, $40-million contract, which he'd signed shortly before his dismissal. He had threatened to sue CBS Radio for $120 million. The settlement also frees Imus to pursue on-air work with another broadcast outlet.— Reporting by Stephen Battaglio read more

Hey, It's the Other Shoe! CBS Radio Drops Don Imus

Disregarding the outcome of our TVGuide.com poll, CBS on Thursday announced its decision to cease broadcasting the Imus in the Morning radio program, effective immediately and on a permanent basis. "I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent," CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves says in a statement. "Those who have spoken with us the last few days represent people of goodwill from all segments of our society — all races, economic groups, men and women alike. In our meetings with concerned groups, there has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society. That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision, as have the [communications] we have had with our... read more

Imus Update
NBC News explains why the talk-show host was fired

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Don Imus' racist comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team led to a public outcry, but it was the voices of his fellow employees at NBC News that got his show yanked from TV. (CBS announced late Thursday that it has dumped Imus' radio program as well, effective immediately. CBS Radio carried the program on 61 stations across the U.S.) Imus faced a cascade of criticism for calling the Rutgers team members "nappy-headed ho's" on his Imus in the Morning radio program, which had been simulcast on MSNBC. He made a public apology, and it appeared that the outrageously irreverent host would get off with a two-week suspension. That all changed after a meeting late on the afternoon of April 10, which NBC News president Steve Capus held with about 30 of his staffers, including Today show weatherman Al Roker, the most high-profile African-American on-air personality in the new read more

Hos'd Down: MSNBC Drops Imus Show

The TV career of Don Imus has faded to black.MSNBC announced late Tuesday that it has dumped the simulcast of the Imus in the Morning radio program. The NBC News-run cable news channel originally agreed to suspend host Don Imus for two weeks after the outcry over the racist remarks he made about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. But in a statement, NBC News decided to drop the show after "many conversations with our employees." Two high-profile African-American on-air personalities — Today Show weatherman Al Roker and correspondent Ron Allen — publicly called for stronger action against Imus.What likely sunk Imus was the announcement by a growing number of advertisers — including Staples, American Express, General Motors and Procter & Gamble — that they were pulling their spots from the show. Organized protests and continued outcry over Imus' remarks received heavy news coverage even after his apology.CBS Radio, which syndicates Imus on 70 stat... read more

Imus in the Morning After Racist remarks may result in worse than suspension

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Are MSNBC and CBS Radio being too easy on Don Imus for his racist remarks about the Rutgers University women's basketball team? Other TV personalities and radio shock jocks have been yanked for making stupid, insensitive comments on the air that were not as incendiary as what Imus said — and the Imus in the Morning host is getting only a two-week suspension. NBC News executives say they believe that he truly regrets his comments and decided not to can him. "He gets why this is so wrong," one executive told the Biz. But even though he's kept his job for now, Imus' career is doomed. The problem is that for too long, he's tried to have it both ways. In the 1970s and '80s he was inappropriate, outrageous and hilarious. Even if you considered yourself an enlightened p read more

NEW APPRENTICE ARRIVES

Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, a little after 5 am/ET Monday morning. Imposingly christened Barron William Trump and weighing in at 8.5 lbs., the Donald's fifth heir overall promises to be "unparalleled," "state of the art" and "one of the premiere, ultraluxury newborns of the 21st century." read more

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