The reason Imus had a show in the first place is because he’s a controversial jerk and prone to saying ridiculous things.
What got him fired is that he’s a controversial jerk and prone to saying ridiculous things.
I don’t really mean that he is a jerk. I have no idea. He’s just a jerk on TV because that’s what we want from his as an entertainer. We build these guys up because they are whacky, but when they get too whacky, we shoot them down. This firing is too close to censorship for my taste. I don’t agree with what he said, I don’t watch his show, and I never intend to. But he shouldn’t have been fired; it’s a slippery-slope.