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Booted for Imus: Ron Kuby and Curtis Sliwa blast WABC

By Karyn Chenoweth Nov 4, 2007, 7:53 GMT

Booted for Imus: Ron Kuby and Curtis Sliwa blast WABC

05/10/2007 - Curtis Sliwa - Back to the Garden - 2007 Inaugural Black Tie Gala To Benefit HealthCorps - Metropolitan Pavillion - New York City, NY Janet Mayer / Photorazzi

The longtime WABC-radio team of Curtis Sliwa and Ron Kuby are upset about being sacked for the returning Don Imus.

The New York Daily News reports that the Guardian Angels founder and the civil rights lawyer have some choice words about shock jock Don Imus replacing them, and getting to sign a lucrative multiyear deal by the station.

"It's ironic," Kuby said to reporter Adam Nichols of the Daily News after being told by the station's bosses his run as WABC's liberal morning host was over. "[Imus] calls people nappy-headed ho's, and I lose my job because of it."

Sliwa was also not pleased.

"It's like [Imus] died and went to radio heaven, and it's me and Ron who got punished," said Sliwa. "I wish Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would come protest me. He comes back bigger and better than ever, but we're off the air."

Imus was taken off the air after his comments on the Rutgers women's basketball team in April hit the media.

Kuby was told Thursday not to show up for yesterday's show. Sliwa will be reassigned according to Nichols.

"What do you want me to do?" said WABC program director Phil Boyce to the Daily News. "When you pick up Don Imus and his entire team, it kind of means somebody has to go.

Sliwa will remain at the station in some capacity, and is waiting to hear what his future holds.

"They know I'm traumatized by what happened to Ron," he said. "Obviously, I'll be having conversations with the suits. But at least they're respecting how I feel, and they're giving me some time."



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