This rumor is really growing. I’ve been watching it percolate for the past couple of weeks, mostly on Imus fan sites who want the I-man back on the air. However, yesterday it showed up on Journalisms and The New York Post, albeit in a non-denial denial sort of way (which isn’t saying much if you ask me).
A spokeswoman for CBS Radio would not confirm or deny a report in the New York Post on Monday that disgraced radio host Don Imus, removed in April from CBS-owned WFAN Radio in New York after racist and sexist banter, might return to the station.
“Imus maybe hitting the FAN again,” Don Kaplan wrote in Monday’s story.
“The radio rumor mill has turned the volume way up on reports that the return of Don Imus to WFAN is just around the corner.”
“And WFAN itself is fueling the reports.”
Regardless of whatever happens on WFAN, it’s pretty safe to assume there will be no return to MSNBC. That bridge wasn’t just burned. It was nuked. The only way Imus could possibly be allowed back is if the entire NBC News division’s hierarchy was replaced. And that’s not going to happen.