The I-Man Cometh

He's baaaaack—new deal could have Don Imus back on the airwaves by December
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2007 12:39 PM CDT
Don Imus, left, and Rev. Al Sharpton appear face-to-face on Rev. Sharpton's radio show, in New York Monday April 9, 2007. Sharpton, who urged the Imus' firing, wouldn't object if the radio personality...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Don Imus is on the comeback trail. Six months after a racially insensitive quip got him fired, Imus is close to a deal that would give him a nationally syndicated radio show on major New York station WABC, the Washington Post reports. Barring a last-minute snag, Citadel Broadcasting, owner of 243 stations, would pay Imus millions for a December return.

“He did something wrong,” Citadel’s CEO told the New York Times, referring to Imus' infamous slur about the Rutgers women's baskeball team. “He's more than paid the price for what he did.” Imus is already assembling his team, which will likely include a black panelist alongside longtime collaborators. Less certain is a TV return. (Read more Don Imus stories.)