Imus returns to air 8 months after firing

NEW YORK -- Nearly eight months after his remarks regarding the Rutgers women's basketball team and his subsequent termination by CBS Radio, shock jock Don Imus returned to the airwaves Monday, launching his new talk show Imus in the Morning.

As part of the new structure, two black cast members have been added to the show's team: comedian Karith Foster and sportscaster Tony Powell.

"Never in all my life did I think some grumpy old cowboy could convince me to get up at some ungodly hour, but I couldn't be happier to be here," Foster said. In response to the addition of two black members to the show, Powell joked, "It's the Tyler Perry, Oprah-sponsored version of the Imus show."

Returning to Imus' side were comedian Rob Bartlett and newsman Charles McCord.

Audience members began lining up as early as 4:30 a.m. for the chance to see Imus' live return, which was broadcast and recorded from Town Hall Theater in New York.

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