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Don Imus Canned by CBS Radio -- Ho, Ho, Ho

4/12/2007 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Imus is firedDon Imus was just fired by CBS Radio in the wake of his "nappy-headed hos" slur, meaning he will no longer be on the air, either on television or radio, effective immediately.

Imus was originally suspended by CBS for two weeks after he made his remark last week on his radio and television shows. MSNBC took the step of pulling his TV simulcast off the air yesterday, but public outrage swelled and advertisers disappeared in droves.

In a statement announcing the firing, CBS chairman Leslie Moonves said:

"From the outset, 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. 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 many emails, phone calls and personal discussions we have had with our colleagues across the CBS Corporation and our many other constituencies."

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JayBee    

how ridiculous: since when is it unlaw to make fun of someone?

2562 days ago
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I Agree........    

WOO..............HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good for them!!! Way to go!!!

2562 days ago
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918    

What a joke.

2562 days ago
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em    

so much for freedom of speech in our country. I am sorry for what he said but I think rappers and musicians are worse and far mor insulting with the words in their songs. Imus will jsut move to satellite now...

2562 days ago
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Attractive?    

What a nasty man. He hated EVERYONE regardless of race or sex.
Deidre Imus is gonna leave now. She was in it for the prestige and money.

2562 days ago
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imitalian    

This is absolutely terrible. Since when should a person be fired for saying something that the black community doesn't like.

NO FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA! IT SUCKS AND CBS SHOULD CHECK THEMSELVES!

2562 days ago
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pam    

its a shame that he loses his job and we all know those girls have all made those same remarks.....check their ipod lists.....i boycott nbc and cbs.....

2562 days ago
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KYJurisDoctor    

Join the discussion at: http://OsiSpeaks.com or http://OsiSpeaks.org

2562 days ago
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Good Grief!!    

HOW TERRIBLE!!!!! I hope "they" are all happy now!

2562 days ago
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Karen Walker    

Well now we can all relax, all the problems of black community are solved!

2562 days ago
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Neighbor    

You know people wonder wht there is racism. This nonsense is really irritating. As a business owner, do you really think this is not going to influence how I treat minorities?

2562 days ago
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Gregg Chasan    

cbs is stupid... everyone should fire sharpton and jackson

2562 days ago
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imitalian    

WRITE TO CBS IN MASSIVE WAVES IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THIS.

2562 days ago
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Tiffin    

This is so biased against Imus. I hope he goes to a sattelite station like XM Radio. He deserves a place. All the good this man has done. I will no longer turn on any CBS station radio or TV and forget MSNBC.

2562 days ago
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allan    

this high-tech lynching is unfair. political correctness gone haywire. and don't take my white-boy word for it. i can't tout the african american lawyer ipinion's take on this enough. as someone else said, it should be required reading for the nation:

http://ipjn.com (scroll down to page to 3rd post)

2562 days ago
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