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.