Radio personality Don Imus announced on his radio show this morning that he has been diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer . (You can listen to the entire audio file below.) The 68-year-old broadcaster said during his “Imus in the Morning” program that he was sure his doctors would help him beat the disease, but offered no other details about his prognosis. “The day you find out is fine,” he said. “But the next morning when you get up, your knees are shaking.I didn’t think I could make it to work.” After the show aired, his spokesperson said Imus appreciates his fans’ outpouring of good wishes: “After years at the Imus Ranch surrounded by inspirational children battling cancer, Don is well-prepared to fight this,” his spokesperson said, referring to Imus’ charity program. “And no, this does not make him eligible for the kids’ rodeo competition.” ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson, meanwhile, expressed his support in a statement: “I know he is optimistic and has a great deal of confidence in his doctors, who are providing excellent treatment. We know that as he faces this challenge he will emerge successful as he has throughout his life and career.”
The outspoken radio host made headlines in 2007 when he lost his job with CBS and MSNBC after referring to the championship-winning Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos”; he was later hired by ABC).