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US DJ suspended over racist slur
US disc jockey Don Imus
The "shock jock" has a history of making controversial remarks
US disc jockey Don Imus has been suspended for making racist comments by both the radio and television outlets that broadcast his morning talk show.

CBS Radio and MSNBC said he would be off air for two weeks from next Monday.

Public protest grew after his reference last week to the mostly black members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos."

"Ho" is slang for prostitute and "nappy-headed" is a derogatory term for the hair of many black people.

The so-called "shock jock" has a history of making controversial comments. However, this time he provoked nationwide calls for his sacking and a boycott of his sponsors.

Mr Imus has said he will not resign but has made several public apologies.


During his Imus in the Morning programme on Monday, he said: "I'm not a bad person. I'm a good person who said something bad."

Our agenda is to try to be funny and sometimes we go too far, and sometimes we go way too far
DJ Don Imus

"Here's what I've learned: that you can't make fun of everybody, because some people don't deserve it."

He also appeared on a radio programme hosted by the Reverend Al Sharpton, a leading black civil rights leader demanding his dismissal.

During the broadcast, Mr Imus referred to his own remarks as "repugnant" and "repulsive".

"Our agenda is to try to be funny and sometimes we go too far, and sometimes we go way too far," Mr Imus told Rev Sharpton.

In a statement, MSNBC said the talk show would be monitored following the suspension and that Imus had agreed to "change the discourse on his programme".

"Our future relationship with Imus is contingent on his ability to live up to his word," the network said.

Imus's radio show had about 3.5 million listeners per week in 2005, according to media research and the MSNBC simulcast is estimated to draw about 330,000 viewers per week.

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