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Don Imus Apologizes for Ripping Kids Charity

11/5/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don Imus has apologized for slamming a commercial for a kids charity -- saying he was merely poking fun at a jingle that literally annoys everyone in possession of a working radio.  

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It all started during a commercial break on Wednesday's show when the Kars4Kids jingle started to play ... and Imus -- clearly not a fan of the jingle -- begged the singer to "shut up" and "go to hell."

Imus then groaned, "I should give you my Bentley -- you morons."

A rep for Kars4Kids tells TMZ they were flooded with emails -- and eventually posted a clip on their website with the title, "Is Imus really donating his Bentley to Kars4Kids?"

But the next day, Kars4Kids tells us Imus issued a "fairly thorough retraction and apology on air" -- and the group now insists that all is forgiven. A rep for Imus tells us, "Very catchy tune, very silly controversy."

That being said -- listening to that commercial is more tortuous than Abu Ghraib.


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16.

TT    

I hate that commercial. Whenever I hear it I want to throw the radio out the window. Why should he apologize. He is just stating a fact. Dumb and super annoying jingle!

1456 days ago
17.

frankie    

Leave Iman alone he,s back on top you liberal aholes long live FOX !

1456 days ago
18.

diogenes    

His arrogance is only surpassed by his stupidity.

1456 days ago
19.

Diana    

this horse faced dark hearted old geezer should have a conscience and a heart too keep his idiotic insults and thoughts to him self.

how can a man who insults races and kids, who is heard by many people have no conscience to help create understanding and acceptance in this crazy world.

i guess his career is a reflection of how sick our society has become

1456 days ago
20.

Sun    

I don't blame him one bit. That commercial is on every ten minutes and has to be the most annoying thing I've ever heard. My family and I lunge for the radio when we hear the first notes so it won't be stuck in our heads all day. Great cause, but really annoying ad. If I were working at a radio station and had to hear it 20 times an hour I'd have a problem with it too!

1456 days ago
21.

Ozzie X    

Who cares, kids shouldn't be driving cars anyway.

1456 days ago
22.

ed    

Don...oh, Don...why not shut this up and give the Kidz your Bentley! Seriously, man...man up and do something for someone else once in a while. Anyway...you should buy a real car...something Made in the USA...rather than send the money out of here.

Get rid of the Bentley!

1456 days ago
23.

Hammer    

I can not turn my radio fast enough to turn it off when that damn jimgle comes on. If you hear too much of it, it is stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Not too mention the kids mono tone voice. I'm glad I'm not alone who hates it. Those who just blame Imus have not heard it multiple times a day everyday as it is on WGN radio in chicago

1456 days ago
24.

anony    

For once, Imus is right.
Kars4Kids is notorious for taking your car, never changing the title over, and then misusing the vehicle or not even caring what happens to it.
Then you, the previous owner, get endless tickets and citations in the mail because to the state, you're still the owner of record.
This is a nightmare to fix.
DO NOT give them the car unless you change the title yourself.

1456 days ago
25.

Colonel Bleep    

That is an obnoxious stupid song played endlessly and Imus has no need to apologize for his comment. Anyone with a brain, who is forced to listen to that crap would feel the same.

1456 days ago
26.

Barbara    

You would have thought that the big mouthed baffoon would have learned to keep his bigoted mouth shut!

GET RID OF IMUS ALREADY!
HE'S FINISHED
WASHED UP
STICK A FORK IN HIM..............HE'S DONE
HE'S A HUGE LOSER

1456 days ago
27.

Bob G.    

Great cause? They take your car, sell it, take out a boatload of administrative expenses and use the proceeds to send Orthodox Jewish kids to summer camp in the Catskills. They are involved in a major investigation regarding paying kickbacks to donors. Google Eliyahu Weinstein.

1456 days ago
28.

Fred    

This is not a charity that helps all children. It helps a select group and why don't they advertise that in their commercial? This is a sectarian charity, which supports a fine cause, but doesn't not help all children. The add is misleading on its face.

1456 days ago
29.

Selebraties Suck    

EVERYONE, STOP APOLOGIZING FOR EVERYTHING

1456 days ago
30.

Ghostnyc    

Kars for Kids is a great charity, if you are in position to donate a car regardless of condition please DO SO.

BUT...Their jingle SUCKS!! Probably one of the most annoying songs on the radio (maybe the FOOD EMPORIUM jingle is worse...MAYBE)

Imus stated his opinion and should donate a car, but he should also be free to state his opinion on that crappy song. Maybe he should sponsor a contest or something for a new song?

1456 days ago
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