A popular Univision host was fired after making on-air comments comparing first lady Michelle Obama to a character from Planet of the Apes.
Rodner Figueroa appeared on Univsiion's morning show El Gordo y La Flaca to discuss the guy who could transform himself into various female celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama, using makeup.
“Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ the film,” he said.
That racist statement got him pink slipped.
Here is the internal email, obtained by FTVLive that was sent to the staff announcing Figueroa's firing:
Yesterday during “El Gordo y La Flaca,” Rodner Figueroa made comments about First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible. As a result, Rodner was immediately terminated.
As a mission-driven Company, our core values of diversity, integrity, and mutual respect are a compass for our actions. We will not accept anything else. We must continue to hold ourselves to a higher standard because of the trust that our audience places in us every day.
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