Imus won’t go quietly, hires 1st Amendment lawyer

The talk show host has hired a top First Amendment lawyer, and an unusual clause in his contract could give him a $40 million payday.

By Tim Arango

May 2, 2007 – Post

NEW YORK — Don Imus, the tousled and acerbic radio host whose racial remarks engendered a media storm that triggered a swift upending of his career, is not going away quietly even if the imbroglio has all but disappeared from the national conversation in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre.

For Imus, who made a career out of operating in the murky space between sophomoric humor and high-brow political talk, there is the little matter of about $40 million left on his contract with CBS Radio – whose boss Les Moonves fired the shock jock on April 12. CBS’ lawyers contend Imus was fired for cause and not owed the rest of the money.

But Imus has hired one of the nation’s premiere First Amendment attorneys, and the two sides are gearing up for a legal showdown that could turn on how language in his contract that encouraged the radio host to be irreverent and engage in character attacks is interpreted, according to one person who has read the contract.

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10 thoughts on “Imus won’t go quietly, hires 1st Amendment lawyer

  1. I don’t get it. What did Imus say that is so terrible. He’s a “shock jock.”… DUH!
    I’m not a racist but all this stuff needs to stop! If the African-American community condones calling their own members the “N” word, quite freely, how do they expect to get respect from a guy who is paid enormous amounts of money to insult whomever he feels like, whenever he feels like? Let’s lighten up folks.
    Personally, the whole race thing is getting very tiresome. It’s the 21st century, people! What’s next? Is HBO going to fire the executives who produce the mini-series “The Sopranos” for stereo-typing Italians as gangsters and pasta-slurping murderers? Ludicrous, right? Absolutely!
    I really think African-Americans have ridden this race thing for long enough. Where is their sense of humor? The double standard is alive & well on this issue. A black comedian can do a whole stand-up routine about how “lame” white people are and no one raises an eyebrow. But Mr. Imus, who by all standards has proven over many years on radio, that he is rude and crude spouts a few comments aimed at the black community and the whole fiber of the universe begins to unwind.
    I think everyone needs to get with the program. If one race can get cheap laughs at another race’s expense, then so be it.
    Frankly, it would be a nicer world if a persons color or race was left out of conversations of any kind. TIME TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE LOVE!

  2. I miss Don Imus very much and I believe him to be a good man who does so much good for children and also helping his wife with the Greenin the Cleanin products. Imus would never intentionally say anything to hurt young women like the Rutgers basketball team. At least he tells the truth about what’s going on. It’s not the same anymore without Don Imus in the morning. We all make mistakes.

  3. I think Imus should also go after the two Reverends…. Sharpton and Jackson! THE WORD REVEREND MEANDS: WORTHY OF REVERENCE, which they clearly do not represent. They are just 2 angry, loud, racist men who are using the term “Reverend” to stir the pot and they do not accomplish anything but TRY [EDITED for racially insensitive remark]. Imus needs to sue them and have their so-called titles of “Reverend” removed or produce their cridentials as to them using them so “loosely” to the public or either keep their mouths shut and stay out of other peoples business. That’s all I want to say!


  5. The airways are not the same, Imus brought humor to good and bad-he and his wife, have done more in the last few years, than Rev. Jackson and Sharpton in their lifetimes. Again, the white minorty, is scrutizined for most anything in life. As, Dr. Joy Brown has said on the radio- Ho was once a happy word/ as in Christmas-Ho Ho Ho- the wonderful Hawaiaan singer Don Ho!Who gave that bad word to us??

    He is a strong wonderful person, who will make a difference and has, in many capacities, how about firing the people that let him be on the air? They are responsible too… He said something bad, life, goes on, does everyone get fired for making mistakes, if the basketball team forgives him, let it go!!

  6. it appears iyt is icorrect for white people to talk about blacks, but the reverse is not true. Jessee Jackson, Al Sharpton and many other blacks can talk about the white all they want to

  7. Hey James,
    You should read comment 1 over & over until it finally sinks into that illiterate head of yours, [EDIT]. You really need to learn how to type and spell your “heroes” names correctly before you can make inane statements like that. You are exactly the guys that comment 1 was written for. Buy a dictionary or go back to school and get your GED before you try to communicate your trivial thoughts to the rest of the educated world. Remember, if you can…”DON’T BE PART OF THE PROBLEM, BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.”

  8. Dear Mike C.,
    Thank you very much. Chalk up at least ONE more person who is looking to make a change. I forgot to thank you for your response because I was so enraged at comment 7 that I HAD to respond. Refer to comment 7 and see if you agree with my response.
    Note: Edited word was nothing but a version of dumb A…more sensitive creeps than even you and I imagined!…LOL. Peace.

  9. Peter,
    I try to avoid having personal verbal attacks on other persons commenting in posts/blog.

    Thanks for your interest!


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