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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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31.

tori    

I agree with him, one of the most annoying commercials ever!!!!

1418 days ago
32.

dag264    

That commercial is horribly annoying...always comes up on NY sports talk radio everyday...it's painful.

As a note, Kars-for-Kids has been involved in several fraud cases in NJ.

1418 days ago
33.

Dan    

I can't believe I am actually agreeing with Imus on something, but the commercial was annoying as sh*t! Listening to that horrible kid singing that jingle would make me change the channel. It's like fingers on a chalkboard or worse - It's a small world after all.

I LOVED hearing Don tell it like it is during the music.

And don't feel bad about the charity. This little incident just gave them more publicity than they would have ever seen in a lifetime.

1418 days ago
34.

wolvrn    

ol' Don should donate the Bentley,didn't his kid's ranch pay for it!

1418 days ago
35.

Rob    

Lets get Imus to donate his Bentley!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/edit/?id=173387199345115&sk=basic#!/pages/Lets-get-Imus-to-donate-his-Bentley-to-Kars4kids/173387199345115

1418 days ago
36.

greatneck    

That's my MAN, The IMAN!!!! If it smells like a fish, looks like one,must be one. Go IMAN!!!!!

1418 days ago
37.

wow    

Grumpy old fart needs to check into a nursing home!!

1418 days ago
38.

Rob    

You should of put the retraction http://kars4kids.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/don-imus-apologizes-to-kars4kids/.
It is really funny!

1418 days ago
39.

josh    

When are some people going to get past being so sensitive?!! Grow the **** up and get off the couch and stop watching Oprah and grow a set of balls crybabies!

1418 days ago
40.

moe    

He should take his own advise and "go to hell and shut up".

1418 days ago
41.

Juan    

who listens to this dinosaur

1418 days ago
42.

Th33DJay    

That wasn't a creative poke joke. Definitely a lack of talent.

1418 days ago
43.

Caleigh    

he is still allowed to talk, maybe some gray tape across the mouth will help him be quiet

1418 days ago
44.

dd    

It may be annoying but don't they pay for commercial time? Isn't he biting one of the hands that feeds him?

1418 days ago
45.

Rob    

The great Iman helps out a lot of children causes. I vote yes for donating the Bentley

1418 days ago
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