Longtime New York sportscaster Warner Wolf says he was fired from Don Imus’ radio show because of his age, according to a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court on Thursday.
Wolf also says he wasn’t paid severance of nearly $100,000 that he says he was owed.
Wolf, 80, was a regular personality on Imus’ WABC morning show until November 2016, when he was replaced by Sid Rosenberg.
The lawsuit says Wolf agreed in October 2016 to reduce his salary from $195,000 to $80,000 so he could continue doing the Imus broadcasts via satellite from his home in Naples, Florida.
According to the lawsuit, Imus changed his mind less than two weeks later, writing to Wolf in an email, “You asked me if I was OK with you doing sports from Florida. I said I was. We tried it. It [expletive].”
Wolf’s last broadcast for WABC was four days after that email.
The lawsuit, which also names three WABC executives as defendants, does not specify the amount of money it seeks in damages. WABC representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Imus, 77, is scheduled to end “Imus in the Morning” on March 29.