Imus Radio Show Axed Permanently
LATEST: CBS radio bosses in America have followed NBC's decision to axe the TV broadcasts of shamed talk show host DON IMUS' morning show, by axing his radio slot completely.
The radio bigwigs initially suspended Imus, the host of Imus In The Morning, for two weeks after he made racist comments about the Rutgers University Women's Basketball Team on air last week (05Apr07).
But, following national outrage that Imus has been allowed to continue broadcasting at all, CBS bosses have pulled the plug on the show permanently.
CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves says, "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.
"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.
"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 colour trying to make their way in this society. That consideration has weighed most heavily on our minds as we made our decision."
Imus made headlines after calling the mostly-black basketball team "nappy-headed hos." He has since publicly apologised for his comment.