Friday, April 13, 2007

Good Riddance to an Old Racist!

Don Imus is officially off the air. And all I can say is let the champagne flow. It should really be a national holiday. He is a hack and should have been taken off the air long ago. The fact that Imus survived in the business for as long as he did is testament to the fact that disc jockeys are right near the bottom of the entertainment talent totem poll.
Imus was chronically unfunny, unoriginal and I can’t believe anyone ever even listened to him, but they obviously did. My only worry now is that some other radio station hungry for ratings will hire him. The man should just retire and walk off into the sunset.
CBS fired the embattled talk show host and canceled his longstanding radio program after an uproar over his racist and sexist comments. The network made the announcement after coming under fierce pressure to fire him the day after MSNBC pulled the plug on his televised simulcast.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that Imus made racist, inappropriate remarks all the time. But, I guess this was the final straw. He’s a burnt-out old dinosaur. He reminds me of an Alzheimer’s patient in a senior care facility who just babbles away. The only difference is that guy in the old folks home isn’t broadcast all over the country, and Imus was.
Before he was fired from CBS, a defiant Don Imus took to the airwaves and spoke about MSNBC pulling his TV show.
On the air, Imus said, "Some of the stuff that MSNBC has done this morning is frankly unethical, and I've asked them to stop doing it."
He also took a swing at MSNBC, saying, "These (bastards) they went after me. They got me. But they didn't catch me asleep."
Imus conducted a telethon to benefit three children's charities, which was scheduled to be simulcast on his MSNBC show. Instead viewers saw a graphic that read, "Imus Off MSNBC."
MSNBC scrambled to replace Imus with live newscasts. NBC News president Steve Kapas was a guest and explained the network's decision to pull Imus' show, saying, "When people who work for me come to me and say 'this could be my daughter,' I have to do something."
Last week on his radio show, Imus described the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "hardcore," "nappy-headed hos."
The Rutgers players who have captured the hearts of the nation made a special appearance via satellite on the Oprah Winfrey show
Oprah told the team, "I speak for everyone I know when I say you all have made us all proud by how you've handled this whole ordeal."
Coach Vivian Stringer gave her first reaction to Imus losing his TV show, saying she and the team are waiting to judge him for themselves. "We want to have an opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting," she said. They should slam dunk his ass!
And she revealed that meeting could take place "very very soon."
But the meeting is too late to save Imus's job.

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