CBS Radio Fires Don Imus in Fallout over Remarks CBS Radio has fired talk-show host Don Imus over sexual and racial remarks he made about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Yesterday, MSNBC decided to stop simulcasting the Don Imus Show on cable television, as advertisers pulled their support. CBS officials met with the Rev. Al Sharpton today.

CBS Radio Fires Don Imus in Fallout over Remarks

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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

NPR's Robert Smith joins us from New York. And Robert, CBS had said earlier it was just going to suspend Don Imus for two weeks. Now he's gone. What happened?

ROBERT SMITH: Then, they said, as of now, as of tomorrow morning, he's no longer on the air. They're not distributing the program. I mean, they canned him.

BLOCK: Don Imus, over the years, has become something of an equal opportunity offender. He says controversial things all the time on the air. What was different this time that got him into such trouble?

SMITH: And then, it's just every day, something happened to keep this story in the front of the news, whether it was a protest over the weekend, or it was the decision to suspend him, which happened on Monday or these advertisers dropping out or MSNBC. It's just - this house of cards, where all these corporations support each other. Once Procter & Gamble left, American Express and Sprint didn't want to be advertisers on the program. And it just started to peel away, and all of a sudden, there it was - this man who was considered, you know, one of the top talk radio hosts in the country has no show.

BLOCK: Well, another shock jock, Howard Stern, has landed on satellite radio. Is there the thinking that Don Imus might find a home there as well?

SMITH: Well, that's the real question. I mean, if Don Imus wants to go back to his ranch in the Southwest to do charity work, he could certainly do that. But if he wants to be on radio, I can't imagine there won't be someone who would give him a shot. He has an enormously loyal audience. He's good at it when he's not doing these kind of insults. And, you know, some of the worst offenders in the past years have found homes on satellite radio. Opie and Anthony encouraged people to have sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral, and guess what? They now have a show.

BLOCK: NPR's Robert Smith. Thanks very much.

SMITH: You're welcome.

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