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Friday, March 13, 2015

Michelle Obama 'Planet Of The Apes' Remark got Talk Show Host Fired

Univision sacks Emmy-winning host after he says Michelle Obama 'looks like she's

Univision sacks Emmy-winning host after he says Michelle Obama 'looks like she's part of the cast of Planet Of The Apes'

  • Rodner Figueroa made the racially insensitive remark on the entertainment news show El Gordo Y La Flaca on Wednesday
  • He was discussing the work of a make-up artist who had transformed himself into Michelle Obama
  • By late Wednesday evening the network had removed his photo from their website and on Thursday they confirmed that he had been fired  
  • Figueroa has issued an apology in which he denies being a racist and states that his father is Afro-Latino
  • Also accused Univision of trying to destroy his career 'in an unfair manner'
  • At the Daytime Emmy Awards last June Figueroa had won the Outstanding Daytime Talent in the Spanish category

Figueroa, 42, was talking about how Ballesteros had transformed himself into the First Lady when said: 'Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's from the cast of Planet Of The Apes, the movie.' 

When hostess Lili Estefan countered with 'What are you saying?' and host Raul de Molina said Obama was very attractive, Figueroa defended his remark, saying 'but it is true.'
The show aired live on the East Coast, but his remarks were edited out of the version broadcast for the West Coast, reports Latino Voices.

Venezuelan-born Figueroa made the remark in a segment discussing the work of make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros who posts photos of himself transformed into female celebrities such as the First Lady

Univision sacks Rodner Figueroa after Michelle Obama 'Planet Of The Apes' remark | Daily Mail Online:

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