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    Hollywood Sends Mixed Reactions on the Death of Don Imus

    Don Imus, the long-time figure behind morning drive-time radio who died Friday at 79, inspired the biggest names in news to take to Twitter to talk about Imus’ outstanding career contributions, both negative and positive.

    Imus’ career spanned decades, lasting until his retirement in March 2018. His outspoken rhetoric concerning politics and pop culture earned him the “I-Man” endearment among his fans and helped shape modern morning television and radio into what it is today. In 2007, Imus caused public outrage when he made derogatory remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Oprah responded by hosting a town hall discussion with Russell Simmons, Common, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Kevin Liles as part of a two-part series titled, “Now What After Imus.”

    “In his heyday, Imus was the best interviewer–an epic talent,” Fox News’ Laura Ingraham wrote on Twitter. “[I had] many great on-air memories in his Astoria studios. And (sorry, haters), [he is] responsible for my 17-year radio career.”

    MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough talked about the first time he became hooked to listening to Imus on the radio.

    Mike Francesa, celebrated sports talk show host for WFAN sports radio, wrote that Imus will be “remembered as one of the true giants in the history of radio.”

    Fox News’ Sean Hannity reflected on “the REAL Don Imus,” and how heartbroken he is over Imus’ death in a two-part tweet writing:

    “I’m heartbroken. I knew the REAL Don Imus. Imus adored his wife and son and his adopted son and had a heart of gold. The work he did for children with cancer will live on forever. Every email he ever sent me made me laugh…Always Smart, witty, irreverent, and iconoclastic. God speed Don Imus as you move to the great rodeo in the sky”

    Co-host of “CBS This Morning’s” Anthony Mason tweeted about an interview he conducted with Imus at his Texas ranch last year.


    Former Gov. of Arkansas and current host of “The Huckabee” on TBN, Mike Huckabee was sad to hear the news on the passing of Imus and applauded his longtime philanthropic efforts.

    News and politics editorial director of “Essence” recalled Imus’ 2007 moment when he was fired for his derogatory comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

    Writer for “A Black Lady Sketch Show” Rae Sanni also recalled Imus’ past words.


    Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign Charlotte Clymer spoke out against the current status quo, referring to Imus as a racist and a sexist.


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