Gumbel Causes Grumbles

updated 06/11/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/12/2001 01:15PM

Executives of Ebony magazine have taken issue with remarks made by CBS "Early Show" host Bryant Gumbel, 52, reports The New York Times. Gumbel told students at Howard University's graduation ceremony that they were "entitled to live a rich life" but that the status quo would remain if "all you're going to seek is a superficial Ebony magazine view of life -- one that accentuates only your cars and your clothes." Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Ebony's parent company, Johnson Publishing, made public a letter she sent the TV personality, telling him, "We're glad that you found time to visit Black America, but we regret that you were not better informed . . . We don't visit Black America, we live here." In a statement made over the weekend, Gumbel called Rice's letter "foolish," and suggested that the CEO "be more worried about the fact that everyone totally understood the reference I made and applauded it loudly."

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