Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired on Wednesday over racist remarks involving Michelle Obama. The Emmy Award winning host compared the First Lady to that of someone from the cast of the “Planet of the Apes.”
Vice President of Consumer and Entertainment Public Relations Ivelisse Malave confirmed in a Thursday morning email to the Huffington Post that Figueroa had been fired due to the remarks.
Yesterday during the entertainment show “El Gordo y La Flaca,” Rodner Figueroa made comments about First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible and in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision. As a result, Mr. Figueroa was fired immediately.
While talking about make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros, who has become famous for transforming himself into female celebrities, Figueroa said, “Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of “Planet of the Apes,” the film.
In contrast, the host of the show, Raúl de Molina, said he thought Mrs. Obama was very attractive.
Watch courtesy Instagram user Javierceriani:
‘After Univision fired Figueroa, they pulled any references to him from their websites.
The show was live on the air. Well done, jerk.
Calling America’s First Lady an ape only confirms that there is indeed a problem with how some have welcomed America’s first black President.
I can’t imagine why he thought this would be a good idea. According to EOnline, there was a social media backlash.
Blaze readers aren’t helping either.
And those were the nice comments.
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