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Imus suspended by CBS, MSNBC

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- CBS Radio and MSNBC suspended Don Imus' New York morning show for two weeks for his racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team.

NBC President Steve Capus in a statement Monday said the MSNBC simulcast suspension begins April 16.

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The network took the action "after careful consideration in the days since his racist, abhorrent comments were made," according to Capus' statement posted on WNBC.com. "Don Imus has expressed profound regret and embarrassment and has made a commitment to listen to all of those who have raised legitimate expressions of outrage."

CBS Radio's suspension was announced after NBC's disciplinary action.

Earlier Monday, Imus appeared on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show to express regret for the remark. Sharpton, as well as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others, have called for Imus to resign or be fired.

Imus last week described Rutgers University's women's basketball team as "nappy-headed ho's." Imus also apologized for the comment during his talk show.

Capus said any future relationship between the network and Imus will depend upon Imus' ability to "change the discourse on his program moving forward."

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