Old habits die hard for Don Imus.

The shock jock returned to the air waves two weeks ago after the nappy-headed ho scandal. While he’s sure to keep his racist tendencies under wraps, Imus and his cohorts apparently aren’t steering away from queer smearing:

[Imus] yesterday stuck his foot back in his mouth calling WTKK afternoon drive guy Jay Severin “gay.”

During a political discussion, the I-Man inquired as to why Severin didn’t like GOP hopeful Mike Huckabee.

“Why don’t you like Huckabee, because you’re gay or what?” Imus inquired.

To which Severin replied: “I’m very happy, yes, and I would think that would make me like Huckabee.”

Imus then admitted he was being rude to Severin who, he said, “couldn’t be more loyal.” Then he asked Jay [if] he would come back on the show if invited.

“I’ll think about it,” Severin said, which prompted Imus’ sidekick Charles McCord to quip “if the phone works from the closet.”

Boston Herald attempted to get a comment from Imus, but were left high and dry. Severin, however, sent them a missive asserting his heterosexuality, “I am only too happy to submit myself for a ‘field test’ with Gisele and any of her friends.” He’s such a trooper.

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