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Shock jock Don Imus to retire from his morning show in March

Last Updated Jan 22, 2018 at 12:40 pm PST

FILE - In this May 29, 2015 file photo, cable television and radio personality Don Imus appears on his last "Imus in the Morning" program, on the Fox Business Network, in New York. Imus, the cantankerous radio host whose career was derailed when he made racist and sexist remarks in 2007, is retiring from his morning show. New York-based WABC-AM says Imus' last morning drive time show will be on March 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Don Imus, the cantankerous radio host whose career was temporarily derailed when he made racist and sexist remarks, is retiring from his morning show.

WABC-AM says Imus’ last morning drive time show on New York-based station will be March 29. On Twitter, the show announced : “Turn out the lights… the party’s over.”

In 2007, Imus was fired by CBS Radio and MSNBC for using a racial slur to talk about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. He later apologized and got a new gig a few months later.

The 77-year-old veteran radio personality, who had stints at WNBC in New York and WHK in Cleveland, offered a stew of media and politics on his shows and often had key newsmakers calling in to weigh in on a day’s events.