Emmy-Winning TV Host Fired After Saying Michelle Obama Looks Like “Part of Cast of Planet of the Apes”
Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired after he compared First Lady Michelle Obama to a character from Planet of the Apes.
Figueroa is an Emmy-winning TV host.
Figueroa was discussing a male makeup artist who made himself look like Michelle Obama when he made the comments.
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 (Daily Mail)
The Daily Mail reported:
An Emmy-winning talk show host has been fired by the Spanish-language TV station Univision after he compared the First Lady to a character from Planet Of The Apes on live television.
Rodner Figueroa made the racially insensitive remark on the entertainment news show El Gordo Y La Flaca on Wednesday.
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.
Later Figueroa co-hosted the evening gossip show Sal Y Pimienta, but by Wednesday night his photo had already been removed from the network’s website.
In a statement, Univision called Figueroa’s comments ‘completely reprehensible’ and said they ‘in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision.’
‘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,’ read a statement.
UPDATE: Figueroa was fired after Michelle Obama’s office called the show.
Figueroa went on to say Michelle Obama was responsible for his firing from Univision, writing “I was verbally notified that a complaint from your office led to my dismissal.”