Al Sharpton on the Imus comeback

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Don Imus is back—and Rev. Al Sharpton is surprisingly okay with that.

Imus buddy Bo Dietl dropped heavy hints on a radio show over the weekend that the aging shock jock will be back at WFAN no later than September. That would mean a mere five months of wandering in the wilderness for the I-Man, who was fired in April by CBS Radio and MSNBC after calling female college basketball players “nappy-headed hos.”

Sharpton, of course, played no small part in Imus’s downfall, even inviting the man onto his radio show to apologize to viewers only to declare his apology inadequate. Yet the Rev. tells Radar he would not oppose Imus’s return this fall.

“My position is that we never called for him to be permanently barred from being on the air,” he says. “We’ll see when he comes back, and if he comes back, what are the boundaries and what is the understanding. We’ll be monitoring the situation, but we wanted him to pay for being a repeat abuser, and he paid. We never said we didn’t want him to make a living.”

As for the claim that Imus is seeking a black comedian to “take the sting out” of his racial humor, Sharpton says, “A sidekick is not cover. What he needs to give him cover is his own conscience and whether he’ll live up to the apology he gave those Rutgers girls.”

okay with that.Imus buddy Bo Dietl dropped heavy hints on a radio show over the weekend that the aging shock jock will be back at WFAN no later than September. That would mean a mere five months of wandering in the wilderness for the I-Man, who was fired in April by CBS Radio and MSNBC after calling female college basketball players “nappy-headed hos.”

Sharpton, of course, played no small part in Imus’s downfall, even inviting the man onto his radio show to apologize to viewers only to declare his apology inadequate. Yet the Rev. tells Radar he would not oppose Imus’s return this fall.

“My position is that we never called for him to be permanently barred from being on the air,” he says. “We’ll see when he comes back, and if he comes back, what are the boundaries and what is the understanding. We’ll be monitoring the situation, but we wanted him to pay for being a repeat abuser, and he paid. We never said we didn’t want him to make a living.”

As for the claim that Imus is seeking a black comedian to “take the sting out” of his racial humor, Sharpton says, “A sidekick is not cover. What he needs to give him cover is his own conscience and whether he’ll live up to the apology he gave those Rutgers girls.”

9 thoughts on “Al Sharpton on the Imus comeback

  1. Bruce

    It is so nice to hear that the Reverend Al Sharpton is OK with IMUS returning. What a generous man he is. If he would only shut up and take care of the Rappers and “Do the Right Thing”, he would be in sync with the rest of the U.S.

    But don’t believe IMUS will be needing anyone to monitor is comments. He will come down on everyone who abandoned him, including Sharpton. He is (Sharpton) is not the leader of the Black people in this Country. And that come from their mouths to God’s ear.

  2. “Imus is seeking a black comedian to “take the sting out” of his racial humor.”

    Hmmm.
    That’s great. Any votes on who would take that job?

    And so then what? Is going to have a a Muslim on there to “take the sting” out of his religious jokes?

  3. If only he had paid as much attention and his media draw to Genarlow Wilson and Troy Anthony Davis may be free right now.

  4. Cliff

    “Sharpton, of course, played no small part in Imus’s downfall, even inviting the man onto his radio show to apologize to viewers only to declare his apology inadequate. Yet the Rev. tells Radar he would not oppose Imus’s return this fall.”

    Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jessie Jackson, the white or black communities could have anticipated the firestorm that these comments would bring, but ever so necessary to be a “whipping stick” for black entertainers and people in general, but also for all other races who continuously pound on the most oppressed and repudiated race in the world. Gave us the opportunity to stand up for our women, to defy the mentality that is permeated within American society, that “no matter what you do to them they will still bow to us and our policies, enslave them, murder a half billion of them, humiliate them all over the world, rape and destroy and attack their women, you’ll never have to worry about a counter-attack, because they are not like other races in the world, they have no fortitude, no courage, no power”. I glad these remarks broke this mind-set in half.

    We probably brought forth a new mentality in their heads……………..

    “Wow, they really do have courage, back-bone, they really can be completely united one issue, they really will stand up for their women, they really are human”.
    🙂

  5. Well, well, if Imus is serious about a comeback, he and Sharpton should team up and do a joint radio show.

    After all, when the shiznit hit the fan about the Rutgers Basketball team, Imus went running to Sharpton to get him to provide cover.

    Jesse is MIA – nothing to extort from Imus, I guess.

    And CBS was paying Imus something like 5 million a year? I would have loved to see the face of the unemployment case worker when Imus showed up to file a claim, LOL.😉

  6. JOHN H. DAVIS

    IMUS will rule – Thank God he will be back, make CBS kiss his ass for what they did Sharpton is a whore

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