Imus, CBS Radio reach settlement


NEW YORK -- Radio host Don Imus and his former employer CBS Radio, a unit of CBS Corp., have agreed on a legal settlement in a deal that could open the way for Imus to take a new radio job.

A CBS spokesman confirmed the settlement of a lawsuit that Imus brought after getting fired for his comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team that he had described as "nappy-headed hos."

The size of the settlement was not clear. An online report midday Tuesday spoke of $20 million, but the CBS spokesman said the figure was "grossly false." He didn't provide specifics. Imus representatives couldn't be reached.

Observers have said that Imus was likely angling for a large unpaid portion of what is believed to have been a $40 million contract.

Market talk has said that Imus could go to competitors, including satellite radio or WABC.

Also on Tuesday, CBS Radio's New York sports station WFAN, which had carried Imus' popular show, announced its formal replacement, saying that former NFL quarterback and veteran CBS Sports broadcaster Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton will host "Boomer and Carton in the Morning" weekdays from 6-10 a.m.

Their debut broadcast is set for Tuesday, Sept. 4.

That leaves MSNBC, which televised "Imus in the Morning" for years in its morning daypart. MSNBC and WFAN parted ways, and MSNBC began by testing a number of personalities in the slot before hitting a groove with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. While it's likely that Scarborough could get the nod, an official decision hasn't been made yet.

Paul J. Gough contributed to this story.