Thursday, April 12, 2007

CBS fires Don Imus effective immediately

MSNBC fired Imus yesterday after originally fining him with a 2 week suspension from their programming. Today CBS fell to pressure and fired Imus who has been on radio for 30 yrs (between CBS and NBC).

CBS announced Thursday its decision to cease broadcasting the Imus in the Morning radio program, effective immediately, on a permanent basis.

Imus initially was suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on the air last week, but outrage continued to grow and advertisers bolted from his programs.

"From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and repulsed 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," said CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, in announcing the decision. Continued

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