Carol Platt Liebau: Don Imus poised for a comeback?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Don Imus poised for a comeback?

Looks like it:
NEW YORK (AP) - Don Imus has reached a settlement with CBS over his multimillion-dollar contract and is negotiating to resume his broadcasting career.

Imus and CBS Radio "have mutually agreed to settle claims that each had against the other regarding the Imus radio program on CBS," the network said in a statement Tuesday.

The terms of the settlement will not be disclosed, according to CBS, which confirmed only that the settlement had been reached.

The settlement pre-empts the dismissed radio personality's threatened $120 million breach-of-contract lawsuit.

Meantime, Imus is taking steps to make a comeback with WABC-AM, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details had not been announced, also said the deal with CBS calls for a "non-disparaging" agreement that forbids the parties from speaking negatively about each other.

The settlement and possible comeback come more than four months after Imus created an uproar over his racist and sexist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

I was never a big fan of Imus, but like many, was disgusted by the overhyped response to the derogatory remarks he made by flaming racist hypocrites like Rev. Al Sharpton, who've said much worse many times over and gotten away with it. I'm not making excuses for Imus, of course, but Al Sharpton accusing anyone of racism is like Mike Nifong expressing public outrage over another district attorney's declaring the accused guilty before the trial even starts, and using the media to his advantage.

I think there's little doubt that Imus' new show won't be the same, as I doubt you'll have a politician who will come within ten feet of him ever again. But he'll be back in the biz again and at this point for him, that's probably all that matters.


Blogger bogart.lloy said...

I'll happily send a contribution to the first politician who 'appears' on the new show, even if he or she is just plain wrong about everything else.

The pity with the Imus incident is that overblown emotionalism (and knee-jerk commercial concerns) very effectively and sadly cut off exposure to so many other voices. Yes, I'm a fan, but I'd be a fan of anyone who can cut through the crap and, more importantly, give others an opportunity to utter the occasional unfiltered thought.

Let's hope some of that eventually returns, in the new format.

6:42 PM  

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