Don Imus went over the line once too often. But will his firing by MSNBC lead to more changes within the entertainment industry?
"At some point, you have to say enough is enough," NBC News President Steve Capus told Matt Lauer on TODAY in explaining why he fired Imus. "A nerve was touched. The voices I heard loudest were the people here at NBC News."
Donnie Deutsch, the host of CNBC’s "The Big Idea," saw Capus’ action as a turning point.
"This to me is a seminal moment," he told Lauer. "This was not even about race or sexism. It’s about hate. I’m going to make a prediction now that nice is going to be the new black. I don’t mean in terms of race, I mean in terms of style."
As an example, he cited "American Idol," the most popular show on television. Shrugging off Lauer’s observation that the show prospers because of Simon Cowell’s "nasty" comments, Deutsch said, "It’s fun. It’s about inspiration."