UPDATED, 8:50 p.m. EST, 3-13-15
Former Univision talk show host Rodner Figueroa wants First Lady Michelle Obama to know that he’s sorry for comments he made about her and has issued an apology.
He also wants Mrs. Obama to know that he is not a racist.
Figueroa, who was fired from Univision’s “El Gordo y la Flaca” after he said that First Lady Obama “looks like she’s from the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’” has issued a profuse apology to Obama in an open letter obtained by TheWrap.
“I offer my sincere apology for an unfortunate comment I made about a makeup artist’s depiction of you on Univision’s show ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’ yesterday. It was clearly in bad taste and misunderstood,” Figueroa’s letter began. “I would like to explain that my remark was not directed at you, but at the result of an artist’s depiction of you that I found wasn’t accurate. The entire video clip in context corroborates this.”
Nonetheless, despite the apparent misinterpretation, Figueroa admitted that “there is no justification for someone at my level to make any kind of comment that could be interpreted as offensive or disrespectful to you personally, or to any minority in the times we live.”
MIAMI (AP) — Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of “Planet of the Apes.”
Figueroa, who’s known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks during a live segment of the show “El Gordo y la Flaca” in which the hosts were commenting on a viral video that shows a makeup artist transforming himself into different celebrities, including Michelle Obama.
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“Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of `Planet of the Apes,’ the movie,” Figueroa, 42, said with a giggle.
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.”‘
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In a statement, Univision called Figueroa’s comments “completely reprehensible” and said they “in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision.”
Figueroa, who in 2014 won a Daytime Emmy Award, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. He worked for Univision for 17 years and had been on “El Gordo y la Flaca” since 2000.
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UPDATE: Fired Univision Talk Show Host Apologizes To Michelle Obama For Comparing Her To Character In ‘Planet Of The Apes’ [VIDEO] was originally published on newsone.com
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