Imus Vs. Bryant

11/04/1998 at 12:00 AM EST

Don't expect Don Imus and Bryant Gumbel to exchange Valentines. The radio jock has been goading "The Early Show" host over Gumbel's alleged miserly ways in dealing with his estranged wife June. Last Friday Imus sent demonstrators to Gumbel's CBS studios to protest his behavior. (Only Gumbel took the day off, which many considered odd, given the basement ratings of the still relatively new morning show.) Now comes the latest volley: Gumbel's attorney, Stanley Arkin, has told The Washington Post: "Imus is a jerk. What he does is stupid and banal." Next move, Imus's.

With additional reporting by Ivory Clinton II.

CORRECTIONS: In the Jan. 28 PEOPLE Daily, we incorrectly identified the child of Spice Girl Victoria Beckman. Her son is Brooklyn. Yesterday, we misnamed the company behind the Super Bowl commercial with the chimp; the correct company is E-Trade. We regret the errors.

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