*sigh* I was hoping there was a way to get around this....
Don Imus to Be Replaced By Joe Scarborough, Boomer Esiason
NEW YORK — Don Imus' former radio and television empire is being broken up, with MSNBC very likely hiring Joe Scarborough for its morning telecast while radio looks elsewhere, according to people close to the negotiations.
MSNBC used to simulcast Imus' radio show before he was fired in April for making a racial, sexist remark about the Rutgers University women's basketball team. But the radio and TV outlets are now going in different directions, said three people close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity on Saturday because talks were ongoing.
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman who was a nighttime personality for MSNBC, has been trying out his "Morning Joe" program on MSNBC for the past few months. Except for some occasional subs when Scarborough takes some time off, MSNBC isn't trying anyone else out.
He's been teamed with former CBS News reporter Mika Brzezinski, who briefly became an Internet sensation last month for refusing to read a report about Paris Hilton leaving jail.
I wonder if they even considered a woman or a liberal for the spot? They gave Stephanie Miller what, like three mornings to try out and Scarborough et al have dominated the try-outs. They've seen what a market there is for someone like Keith in the evenings, why wouldn't they try one in the morning?