May 02, 2007
Imus Might Sue CBS for Breach of Contract
As most readers presumably know, Don Imus was fired from CBS last month after he made "racially insensitive remarks" about the Rutgers women's basketbal team. Rumors are circulating that Imus might sue CBS for $40 million for breach of contract. Apparently Imus' argument is that the contract encouraged him to be "controversial" and "irreverant" and CBS promised him a warning before it could fire him.
Tonight, CNN's Anderson Cooper was boasting "exclusive access" to Imus' contract. CNN reports this excerpt from the contract:
"Company [CBS Radio] acknowledges its familiarity with the program Conducted by Artist [Imus] on the station [WFAN] prior to company's ownership thereof and it, and its familiarity with the reviews and comments, both favorable and unfavorable concerning Artist and his material by critics, reviewers and writers of the various media both in New York and nationally. Company acknowledges that Artist's services to be rendered hereunder are of a unique, extraordinary, irreverent, intellectual, topical, controversial and personal character and that programs of the same general type and nature containing these components are desired by Company and are consistent with Company rules and policies."
Interesting contract-related development. Certainly, copies of the entire contract should surface soon. Stay tuned.
[Meredith R. Miller]
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