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This Week's Biggest Losers 04/15/07

4/14/2007 4:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don ImusIn a perfect Zone, the forthcoming sex tape from Season Two "American Idol" contestant Olivia Mojica would play out to the sounds of William Hung's "She Bangs," but for this sorry lot, a simple funeral march will suffice.

Don Imus: We had Don on last week's list, but since then, events have conspired to put him in the running for This Year's Biggest Loser. Stripped of his MSNBC simulcast and WFAN-AM syndicated morning radio show, he's now pushing the control buttons of "Imus in the Mourning." Would producer Bernie McGurk's ill-fated comments have sparked as big a furor had they been exchanged with a top-selling rap artist? You know, the kind that keeps radio parent company Viacom in the green via MTV and BET? Hard to say, but with the loss of Howard Stern and now the 66-year-old Imus, CBS Radio is suffering a serious case of jock shock.



Tom DelayTom DeLay: For the love of a combover, do we really need another he-said-she-said feud pitting a male authority figure against "The View's" Rosie O'Donnell? Apparently, indicted former Congressman DeLay thinks so. Jumping into the fray of the get-Imus bandwagon, DeLay aired out his grievances on CNN and website TownHall.com, dredging up comments from La Rosie that are ancient history. She replied with a blog item entitled "Tommy D," but we think DeLay should take his cue from perennial funny guest Bruce Willis as to what people need right now. On "The Late Show with David Letterman," while perusing a gag list of alleged female conquests handed to him by Dave, the pranking "maxi-super-megastar" confirmed he'd slept with all members of "The View," including Rosie.


Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein: The PR campaign for Miramax's "Grindhouse" started way back at the 2006 Scream Awards, with co-stars Marley Shelton, Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan prancing lasciviously around the Pantages Theater stage. Despite months of exploitation incantation, the highly touted Miramax flick was trumped on opening weekend by... the Ice Cube family sequel "Are We Done Yet?" Is Weinstein done yet? Not quite. Although he is threatening to break up and re-release the Rodriguez and Tarantino halves as two stand-alone movies, take a hint, Harvey. The stars of today's exploitation industry are folks with names like Anna Nicole, Brad and Angelina.

Joe FrancisJoe Francis: There is no man boob flashing going on in this extended edition of "Multi-Millionaires Gone Wild." At least not yet. Based on court documents filed this week, what we do have is a Mardi Gras of anti-anxiety pills, sleep medication, alleged jail guard bribery, alleged tax evasion and teary-eyed exiting of a Florida courtroom. Francis once bellowed that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Smoak was a "judge gone wild." Thanks to perhaps as much as $20 million in alleged bogus 2002 and 2003 business expense deductions, Francis may well turn out to have been done in by "Tax Accountants Gone Wild." In the blink of a spring break girl's inebriated eye, this say-it-ain't-so-Joe has gone from pondering the menu of a planned chain of themed GGG restaurants ... to possibly sampling the taste of prison food.

David E. KelleyDavid E. Kelley: We'll admit that any guy who is married to Michelle Pfeiffer wakes up every morning a personal winner. Still, the final episode of his canned, mid-season Fox show, "The Wedding Bells," drew just 3.8 million viewers last Friday, Kelley is now struggling with the casting of the planned ABC remake of the BBC-TV series "Life on Mars." What gets us is that Kelley has had to glance across the pond for inspiration, rather than relying on a craggy corner of his prolific writer brain. It's no accident that the only show flying these days for Kelley, "Boston Legal," has one foot firmly planted in the procedural world. Maybe instead of putting Pfeiffer in his 2008 flick "Chasing Montana," Kelley should turn to a Calista Flockhart/Harrison Ford reality TV series called "Chasing Wyoming."
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31.

trailrunner    

I'm Caucasian and was a recent Imus viewer in the last couple of years on MSNBC. I'm in my mid 40's, from New York, and never had any interest in listening to that show because I found much of the humor in the format offensive. I don't find black racist humor any more acceptable than a black person, and although he definitely had an old school racist slant to the show (I think year's ago it was he who referred to Mayor Dinkins as "the Janitor" because he didn't like him - I think it was him) and that and other things really turned me off about the show, so I never really listened to the content back then. I couldn't get past the obnoxious, offensive "humor." I will say, however, he was an equal opportunity offender.

Having said that, I will say that I am a political junkie and somehow came across his show on MSNBC in recent years, maybe he was interviewing somebody or something, and began listening to what turned out to be an incredible format for taking on the political establishment, across all lines I might add, by a man that probably did it better than anyone and truly made a difference in creating a voice for the people. He spoke out forcefully in terms of Hurricane Katrina and especially the soldiers - all soldiers, but especially the wounded ones and basically said how dare this nation subject them to this and then turn its back. He really made a difference for them, changed policy to increase their benefits tremendously by shaming the government into it with his powerful platform. He also spoke out about hypocrisy in government, against the lies of the administration when it became obvious that they had lied us into the current state of affairs. He cut no one slack when they were trying to pull something over on the people and he was incredibly saavy in the political landscape. I think he did a tremendous and unique service for all the American people, something I only became aware of when I became a viewer of the his MSNBC show in the last couple of years. He will not be replaced. There is no one out there capable of doing what he did. He had the power and access and will to step on toes. He was able to take the heat and had a powerful mouth piece and was able to effect a lot of action and change with it. He even took on his own colleague, Tim Russert, when he believed he was lying in the Scooter Libby trial. One of the most recent effects of his show's light shining was the shake up at Walter Reed after it became apparent how the soldier were being treated. Believe it or not everyone, his offensive style and all, he really did effect a strong voice for the people and called people to task and many changes that effect us were catylyzed by his fearlessness in taking on the establishment, and I could never tell if he was Repub or Dem - he took them all on.

It's too bad he held onto the racist element of his show. Though all the other ism's are terrible - sexism, anti-semitism, homophobic, and his show has used it all in its format, white on black racism has a history that elevates it to another level, and it appeared to me that the Imus show always had a thread of racism through its show or chose to appeal to the segment of audience that did. I think its not just what words you say, but what you mean. I don't believe when he said the words he probably even realized they would have this kind of effect because it was more or less a passing comment in the midst of banter on the show, the usual, making fun of the looks of the women on one team over the other team - his frat boy moment sexist type humor, but with his history of using racist inflection and the history of this country, we don't offord him the use of words that perhaps might just be street slang to someone else. I definitely would like to see the music industry cleaned up. It's disgusting, but I do believe that is another matter, because again, Don Imus has used racist inferences attached to his comments where others perhaps unknowingly use it as "street cred" or something. Another fight, another front, mostly with the music execs and definitely a problem, but it is different than the issue on this show.

However, I think Imus should have been suspend, fined, and forced to clean up the show. He was publicly humiliated and I truly don't think he's a bad person. I think he did a tremendous service on his show for all people, as I said, something that won't be replaced. He had an unconventional, edgy style, and was a very funny, smart man, as was his group, and they could have continued to do that minus the racism. You wouldn't want to take away the edge or some of the biting comedy. It's what made the show provacative. Imus wasn't any awful person, just a leftover from the old climate where people got away with that kind of attitude, but now we lost his advocacy that was non-racist for all people in society, especially the ones without voices, and that part is a re

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32.

KEEPING IT REAL    

Please stop generalizing all black people, because there a many of us that do not agree with certain issues. No Al Shapton and Jessie Jackson does not pick for my family.
And many of us has gotten pass the slavery era in life and has moved on the better things.
You are entitle to say what you want, but to generalized a whole race is racist.
Not all black family sit around and listen to rap music, snap our fingers, and pop their necks.
I have a 17 yrs old son, 15 & 2 yrs old daughter and they do not listen or buy rap music. My oldest 2 children are honor roll students,ROTC cadets and college bound.
I agree there is more issues in black communities than IMUS, but please do not make it sound like people are not trying to address these other issues. Rap music has been on blast for many years and like I said in my first comment 85% of their music is sold in the white communities. So as long as certain groups of people continues to put money in these rappers pockets, rap music will continue.

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33.

Peggy B    

What is this world coming to, Rosie can blast the President of the USA, almost to the point of treason and nothing happens. Rappers can sing what they want.. no problem. I say GET RID OF ROSIE AND SEND HER TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, MAYBE IRAN.

2666 days ago
34.

KEEPING IT REAL    

#38..Carmen..
You sound real ignorant..what make you feel that a hispanic neighborhood is better than a black neighborhood. Yes, you are right; "You are a racist person, but you left off the ignorant part.
You believe because you are hispanic you are better, you need a real reality check. I live in Cape Coral, Fl...96% white, 2% hispanics 2% black & other. And almost every crime is committed by a hispanic person.
Here is a good one for you...October 2006...2 teenager 18 and 14 murder; shot, tortured, burned beyond recognition by 6 hispanic teenager from the age 14-19 yrs old.
ATM machine stolen...Hispanic male arrest after someone reported that is was in his garage.
Shopping center robbed 3x in one week..Hispanic.
So sweetheart please do not try to make it sound like you race is better than another race.

2666 days ago
35.

Moose    

Jesse Jackson and Al are evil haters...Imus was stupid to say what he did but Jesse and Al live eat and drink HATE !

2666 days ago
36.

Bet he smells    

NICE JOB AL SHARPTON YOU GOD DAMN RACIST BIGOT......

take a look at the blogs on the internet,,,,you have ignited a race war...which is what you were hoping for....starting with Tawana Brawley.....JUMPING ON THE DUKE BANDWAGON....AND NOW YOUR EXTRA 15 MINUTES OF FAME WITH THE IMUS SCREW UP.

YOU JACKASS.....

some day you will rot in hell....FOR THE NAME OF EQUALITY....

HATE WAS NOT THE WAY TO BRING ABOUT EQUALITY ......YOU MY DEAR MAN ARE AN IGNORANT BASTARD

And I could care less about IMUS' job...my anger is at the way you have taken this world back to the 50's and 60's......proud of yourself you empty headed fool?

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37.

mo    

AL "TROUBLE MAKING) SHARPTON & JESSIE (CHEATER )JACKSON ARE THE CAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE THEM...THEY DON'T BELONG IN THIS COUNTRY..SEND THEM TO IRAQ.. THESE GIRLS NEED TO GET BACKBONE, THAT OF WHICH THOSE 2 COWARDS DON'T HAVE..YOU STIRRED UP TROUBLE ENOUGH THIS TIME...WE'RE COMING WITH FULL ##### ####...........

2666 days ago
38.

Sebastian    


The Imus event and the Duke Lie should be a wake up call for America---
Avoid all Blacks like you would avoid a DEADLY PLAGUE !!!
By observation it is apperent these people will never CIVILIZE-- ie: Their heathen life style,
Bastard Children, Drugs, Killing, Crime , and a Lazy Worthless Existance--
No Race has been given more oportunities-
Protect yourself and your family,and if you think you have Black Friends ,
You best rethink your position...
THE WAR HAS BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!

2666 days ago
39.

DaMama    

This whole thing is ridiculous. What Imus said was stupid, insensitive and wrong. But the Ruetgers team is "damaged for life" over this? GIVE ME A BREAK!

The coach from this team is an idiot. She has blown a crass remark way out of proportion. If these young women are "damaged for life" over this, then these women do not have the intestinal fortitude to survive life in our American society. If these women allow a stupid remark like this to affect the rest of their lives, they are immature, foolish women who will never survive in today's society. They empowered Imus by making a big deal about this. They have him credence, and in the process, have made themselves look like prissy, whiny little girls who are so fragile and unable to survive someone's stupid rantings.

Regarding Jackson and Sharpton, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THEM REVERENDS! They do NOT deserve that title. They are publicity seeking idiots who have no business even being associated with the church. They are hypocrites who will not address the racist, sexist, bigotted lyrics of rap music but will jump on any white person who says anything that offends them. They have not apologized for ruining the lives of the Duke lacrosse players who were assumed guilty until proven innocent. The woman who accused these guys should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and Jackson and Sharpton should be leading that charge. But of course, they never will. They will not attack a black woman even though she is a proven liar, filed a false police report and ruined the lives of 3 men.

The media has gotten out of hand in this country. Yes Imus was wrong. I have never listened to this guy and never would have before he was fired. But if you are going to go after Imus, then when will Rosie O'Donnell be fired? She has offended millions of Christians by comparing them to radical Islamists who kill in the name of their god. Why isn't anyone going after her? She is rude, bigotted, racist and offensive. Why isn't anyone calling for her head on a platter?

Selective indignation is very convenient. But it is hypocritical and just plain WRONG. It's time for people to grow up and stop being idiots.

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40.

teresa    

And then we have the Sebastian's of the world. Were you able to get on Jerry Springer before he left the airways?

2666 days ago
41.

mo    

Don is the better man for at least apologizing..get out and take Oprah and Rosie along with you, take any other garbage here and get lost...you will rot in hell..your cheaters, troublemaking accusers, and definatley NOT reverends.. you put your race to shame..we will all come together now and stop your bull ---- ..you pushed your luck this time..hope the Duke team sues the crap out o you. better be looking over your shoulder for your sins.... come on country picket rappers songs, cbs, msnbc, sponsers, and any monies for charities for them...you opened pandora's box you 2 idiots...we will get poetic justice...

2666 days ago
42.

Kat    

Well, well, well, just as I predicted...Imus now will have his show on satellite radio. How cool is that! Now, rather than being aired in a few select areas...everyone all over the nation/world will have him to listen to. What a change! See, this is what happens when a few think they can use their political leanings and personal agendas to railroad another. It is true...we reap what we sew. Look at what Sharpton and friends have sewn....hatred and their brand of racism and what did it reap? Hehehe...it reaped big rewards for Imus and those that are outraged at the injustice of double standards. Imus in a much broader venue without the constraints of the inciting loud-mouths.

Guess what goes around really does come around.

Gotta love it.

Kat

2666 days ago
43.

concerned citizen    

52.
The Imus event and the Duke Lie should be a wake up call for America---
Avoid all Blacks like you would avoid a DEADLY PLAGUE !!!
By observation it is apperent these people will never CIVILIZE-- ie: Their heathen life style,
Bastard Children, Drugs, Killing, Crime , and a Lazy Worthless Existance--
No Race has been given more oportunities-
Protect yourself and your family,and if you think you have Black Friends ,
You best rethink your position...
THE WAR HAS BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 11:07AM on Apr 14th 2007 by Sebastian

It's comments like that which has just raised you to the bigot platform along side the Jessies and the Sharptons of this world. No one with a brain cares to read your stupid remarks.
Your family and friends should protect themselves from you.
Get a Life!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Apparent is spelled ........a p p a r e n t
Existence is spelled .......e x i s t e n c e
Opportunities is spelled....o p p o r t u n i t i e s

Learn to spell and you Moron!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2666 days ago
44.

teresa    

Kat - Where did you hear that he would be on satellite? I thought they had their hands full trying to merge and couldn't afford anymore controversy.

2666 days ago
45.

Karen    

Charleton and Jesse JackASSon are two of the biggest reasons racism has flared up bigger and better in this country over recent years. They are keeping it alive and well for political and financial gain. There are many intelligent black, yes black not African American (I think that's a stupid name to call black people, you never lived there) who are trying to be the voice of reason regarding the ridiculousness of the Imus issue but the main stream media is greedily feeding off the mass hysteria and encouraging the racist mentality these two haters are promoting.

Together with rap, we can almost guarantee that this is never going to stop. I also have to agree that we are enpowering a certain group of black people into believing that they can intimidate white people by feeling free to behave badly without suffering consequence. We should all have to suffer the SAME consequences.

Also, while Imus' comments were indeed insensitive and spoken carelessly about this high-achieving group of talented, hard-working women, I heard the re-play on the news and understood his remark to be in reply to executive producer Bernard McGuirk's off-camera remark "those 'are some hard core hos" . At most, he should have suffered a suspension. We can only hope that what comes out of this is an awareness of the demeaning way women are spoken about on a daily basis -- not just by the likes of Imus and Howard Stern, but rap "artists", etc. Women continue to be victimized in our society -- it seems that we have not come very far in that area despite all the women's groups which seem to have their own agenda.

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