Critics of Don Imus want the talk show host fired, despite his apology for calling members of the Rutgers University basketball team “nappy-headed hos.”

During an appearance on the Rev. Al Sharpton’s radio show, Imus, 66, said that what he did was wrong.

“What I did was repugnant and repulsive and horrible,” Imus said. “Our agenda is to try to be funny, and sometimes we go too far — and sometimes we go way too far.”

Sharpton is one of a group of critics who thinks Imus should be fired from his nationally syndicated radio show for his remarks. He also apologized today on his own program.

“Here’s what I have learned: that you can’t make fun of everybody, because some people don’t deserve it,” he said. “I’m sorry I did that. I’m embarrassed that I did that. I did a bad thing, but I’m a good person.”

According to Inside Edition, Imus is trying to separate himself from others who have made racist or semitic comments, such as actors Mel Gibson and Michael Richards.

“I wasn’t drunk, I’m not some angry raving nut on a nightclub stage, and I’m not a bad person,” Imus said. “I’m a good person, but I said a bad thing. But these young women deserve to know that it was not said with malice.”

The NAACP also is calling for Imus to either resign or be fired, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson organized a protest in Chicago.

Imus made the comment on Wednesday while talking about the championship game against Rutgers and Tennessee game. He is a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His show is broadcast on more than 70 stations.

The Rutgers women’s basketball team, which includes eight black players, made it to the NCAA finals for the first time this year.

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