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Old 08-14-2007, 10:51 AM   #1
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Imus To Settle With CBS For 20 Million?

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**Exclusive** Radio host Don Imus has agreed to settle with CBS for $20 million, and a non disparaging clause, legal sources claim. The move opens the possibility Imus will soon return to the airwaves -- on WABC in New York! Developing...

Wow, that's quite a payday for three words
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Yeah, you could see that coming.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Don Imus has reached a settlement with CBS over his multimillion-dollar contract and is negotiating with New York's WABC radio to resume his broadcasting career there, according to CBS and a person familiar with the negotiations.

Imus and CBS Radio reached a settlement that would pre-empt the dismissed radio personality's threatened $120 million breach-of-contract lawsuit, CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said Tuesday.

No terms of the settlement were disclosed.

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

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.

Just before his dismissal, Imus signed a five-year, $40 million contract with CBS Radio (owned by CBS Corp.). Famed First Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus said in May that Imus planned to sue CBS for $120 million in unpaid salary and damages.

WFAN, the New York radio station that was Imus' flagship, also announced Tuesday that former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason will take over the morning time slot along with Craig Carton, a New Jersey radio personality.

WABC is a talk-radio station that features political and topical shows with such stars Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

Imus, 66, was dismissed April 12 after describing the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" on his nationally syndicated radio program, which was also simulcast on MSNBC. (General Electric Co.'s cable TV channel now has the "Morning Joe" program with Joe Scarborough.)

Garbus had said Imus would sue for the contract's unpaid part. He cited a contract clause in which CBS acknowledged that Imus' services were "unique, extraordinary, irreverent, intellectual, topical, controversial."

The clause said Imus' programming was "desired by company and ... consistent with company rules and policy," according to Garbus
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NEW YORK (AP) --WABC is a talk-radio station that features political and topical shows with such stars Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.
He'll fit right in.
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Rutgers center Kia Vaughn is suing Imus for defamation.
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CBS constructed a contract that basically encouraged Imus to be a jackass, and included a specific "warning" provision that CBS flat out ignored when firing him. The fact that Imus sued and reached a settlement is because, for better or for worse, Imus would likely have prevailed in court. You can't break a contract.
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CBS constructed a contract that basically encouraged Imus to be a jackass, and included a specific "warning" provision that CBS flat out ignored when firing him. The fact that Imus sued and reached a settlement is because, for better or for worse, Imus would likely have prevailed in court. You can't break a contract.
So they got what they paid for and then got embarrassed when they got it.
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Pretty much. If you're CBS, you've got a guy with a history that includes joking that Serena Williams' picture belongs in National Geographic (and yes I know he didn't say it, but it's his show), you hire this paragon of wit, and then get your panties in a twist over 'nappy-headed ho'? I think the guy's an ass, but they hired him to be an ass...I hate to say it but he should get the money.

And I hope a chunk of it goes straight to Kia Vaughn...
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frankly imus' law suit against CBS had a much greater chance of success than kia vaughn's lawsuit ever will.

and in actuallity, don imus will be a huge contrast to the likes of hannity and limbaugh... he is not even in the same ballpark politicaly as those two, but of course, only those on the far right can say bad things, so imus must be a republican.
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Originally posted by Headache in a Suitcase only those on the far right can say bad things, so imus must be a republican. [/B]
Who are the "liberal" equals of Hannity and Limbaugh? I don't listen to talk radio of any kind, so are there people on the "left" who are as nasty?
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Who are the "liberal" equals of Hannity and Limbaugh? I don't listen to talk radio of any kind, so are there people on the "left" who are as nasty?


the left-wing attack machine NPR.
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Or, according to O'Reilly and 2681, DailyKos.
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Who are the "liberal" equals of Hannity and Limbaugh? I don't listen to talk radio of any kind, so are there people on the "left" who are as nasty?
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Examples of how a public radio station is like Rush?
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Examples of how a public radio station is like Rush?
listen to it. decide for yourself.
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