MSNBC fires Don Imus
Just heard a statement read on tonight's NBC Nightly News that MSNBC has decided to stop simulcasting Don Imus' WFAN radio show, Imus in the Morning, starting immediately. They had previously announced that they were going along with CBS Radio's two-week suspension of the talk show host, but after re-evaluating what they called an "ongoing review process" and conducting "many conversations with our own employees," NBC News decided to end the simulcast permanently. The entire press statement is after the jump.
This isn't completely unexpected, given the moral outrage over Imus' comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Of course, the big question is this: will CBS Radio also swing the ax? It's entirely possible, if only to keep themselves from looking bad compared to their NBC counterparts. Since I've never been a big Imus fan, I won't exactly be sad to see him go. But I still wonder if the punishment fits the crime. What do you folks think? Let me know in the comments.
NBC News statement:
"Effective immediately, MSNBC will no longer simulcast the "Imus in the Morning" radio program. This decision comes as a result of an ongoing review process, which initially included the announcement of a suspension. It also takes into account many conversations with our own employees. What matters to us most is that the men and women of NBC Universal have confidence in the values we have set for this company. This is the only decision that makes that possible. Once again, we apologize to the women of the Rutgers basketball team and to our viewers. We deeply regret the pain this incident has caused."