Just got word from Michelle, who just spoke with Verizon–its association with rapper Akon has been terminated.

Thank you, readers. Thank you, Laura Ingraham listeners. Thank you, Verizon Wireless:

Verizon decided this week to end its support and sponsorship of Akon.

Jim Gerace

Vice President, Corporate Communications
Verizon Wireless
One Verizon Way
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

First Virgin Atlantic, now Verizon: Twice in one week, you helped make a difference. Thank you.

Update: Verizon has pulled Akon’s ringtones from its website, but it’s still sponsoring the Gwen Stefani “Sweet Escape” Tour–and that tour features Akon as one of the opening acts. So the story here isn’t quite over yet.

Update: The story is over. Verizon has ceased all sponsorship of Akon, including the tour. Good call.

Email from Verizon:

Michelle:

I just want to make sure you and your readers are clear on our Akon sponsorship. I saw the post from a reader that we are sponsoring the Gwen Stefani tour with Akon as opening act. We are no longer — that was the decision we made this week. If the reader is seeing a poster or something promoting our sponsorship of the tour, it’s only because that material has not yet been destroyed.

Jim Gerace