Saturday, April 14, 2007

Don Imus Fired from CBS and NBC for Racially Charged Comments

The 66 year old "shock jock" Don Imus was let go from both his MSNBC "Imus in the Morning" talk show and his WCBS radio talk show last week. Imus was let go in the wake of the outrage over his comments about the Rutgers University Women's basketball team, calling them "nappy-headed ho's" and making references from Spike Lee's 1988 film "School Daze" (i.e., comparing the women's players to "jigaboos", as a group of young African American female college student characters in
the film called each other). Imus has repeatedly apologized for the comments and even met with the Rev. Al Sharpton but that was not enough to save his radio and television hosting gigs.
Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said Friday the team had accepted radio host Don Imus' apology. She said he deserves a chance to move on but hopes the furor will be a catalyst for change.
"We, the Rutgers University Scarlet Knight basketball team, accept — accept — Mr. Imus' apology, and we are in the process of forgiving," Stringer read a statement a day after the women met with Imus and his wife. Imus addressed the team and coach at the meeting in New Brunswick, NJ, stating: "I want to know the pain I caused, and I want to know how to fix this and change this. "

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