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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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46.

Mr. SoBe    

Here we are again fussing over nothing. I guess we all have nothing better to do than to monitor then critic every comment that comes out-of-the-mouth of a celebrity. I am neither an Imus lover or hater, but he really wasn't lambasting the charity per se just the jingle they were using in their ad. There seems to be an ever-orchestrated and extremely concerning element in our society who want to sensationalize every political incorrect statement to try to "teach and educate" everyone to speak and say things in a very sanitized public speak way. Why? Okay he apparently didn't like the jingle and commented on it. So what! If you watch Imus at all you will find that he is always commenting about almost everything in a negative way! It's part of his schtick for 30-years. Most of the time his negative and sometimes colorful comments are done with tongue firmly in cheek. Come on folks, TMZ is trying to stir something up that really doesn't exist. Won't be first time and, unfortunately won't be anywhere near the last time.

1417 days ago
47.

phil    

Don Imus is on FoxNews Business the second FoxNews tv station. I think it is appropriate that he said what
he said as people at Fox love *******s like him Hannity,
O'Reilly et al.
FoxNews hits another home run.

1417 days ago
48.

smiles    

hahahaha!! I'm sorry but I have to agree with Don. I'm not a fan of his but whenever that commercial comes on I turn the sound down. I f'ing hate it. I love that he said it..hahahaha!

1417 days ago
49.

Jenny    

HA, THIS GUY NEEDS TO RETIRE, END OF STORY.

1417 days ago
50.

Jacqueline13    

I totally agree with Don. That commercial is so annoying that every time it comes on, I change the channel. I donate to childrens charities on a regular basis. This charity is a good one too, but for crying out loud...get rid of this jingle!

1417 days ago
51.

andy    

Hands down, one of the top 20 most strange persons to have ever walked the face of this planet!!!

Try to restrain yourselves, ladies . . .

1417 days ago
52.

wasted days and wasted nights    

This is just Imus being Imus, it is his schtick to call people names and complain and moan and gripe and what not. It is his show and he owns no one an apology except the sponsor--if his sponsor demands one. Frankly, I'm impressed that he is still able to draw an audience large enough to merit a nationwide network of stations.

1417 days ago
53.

Truth    

ASK HOWARD STERN WHAT HE THINKS OF IMUS. NOW THAT SHUD BE PLAYED 24-7 WITH NO APOLOGY!! IMUS SUXXX. I THOT HE DIED ALREADY... LOSER.

1417 days ago
54.

LP    

LOL!! I've always hated that jingle! Every time I hear it on the radio I have to turn it down because that f'ing song will be in my head all day.

1417 days ago
55.

Atillathegun    

One can take it then that "K" instead of "C" for the word car was done to give a bit of authenticity,an ethnic feel perhaps. Maybe this is why the Ghoul spat such venom. Sorry Don, it wasn't a charity for the benefit of nappy headed kids.

1417 days ago
56.

wow    

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

1417 days ago
57.

Jacqueline13    

I think a poll should be taken to see just how many of us hate that commercial and the "uneducated" singing in it. I bet if you eliminate it and just talk, the cars will be rolling into your lot!

1417 days ago
58.

Fallopia Lopez    

I seriously thought Imus had died long ago.

1417 days ago
59.

knine22    

Kars 4 Kids is a SHAM!
i donated my car to them last summer...
donate to another charity that you can research and validate!

1417 days ago
60.

Amit    

This charity is on my "do not donate to" list just because of that jingle.

1417 days ago
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