Radio personality Don Imus was fired from his CBS Radio job on Thursday, one day after MSNBC said it would no longer simulcast the “Imus in the Morning” radio show in the wake of derogatory remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.
Imus was originally suspended for two weeks from MSNBC and CBS Radio, but he was lifted from the cable TV network Wednesday after a series of protests called for his ouster.
The final blow to one of the nation’s most recognized broadcasters came Thursday in an announcement from CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. (Pictured below)
“From the outset, I believe all of us have been deeply upset and revulsed by the statements that were made on our air about the young women who represented Rutgers University in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with such class, energy and talent,” Moonves said in a statement. “Those who have spoken with us the last few days represent people of goodwill from all segments of our society – all races, economic groups, men and women alike. In our meetings with concerned groups, there has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society. That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision, as have the many emails, phone calls and personal discussions we have had with our colleagues across the CBS Corporation and our many other constituencies.”
Imus in the Morning was carried on 61 stations across the United States and distributed over the Westwood One radio network.