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Spanish TV Host Rodner Figueroa Claims ”Michelle Obama Got Me Fired”

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Univision host Rodner Figueroa who was fired after making a racially insensitive remark about Michelle Obama now claims that the first lady’s office may have played a deciding role in his dismissal.

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According to Figueroa’s representatives, no one from the network complained when on Wednesday he compared a makeup artist who transformed himself into Michelle Obama to a cast member of The Planet of the Apes franchise……continue to see the makeup artist’s remake of Michelle Obama.

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

But later that night, hours after Figueroa’s entertainment news show El Gordo Y La Flacaa aired, a Univision executive reportedly contacted the TV presenter and informed him that the first lady’s office had made a complaint about the remark.

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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 on Thursday, 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 the statement.

Univision is the largest Spanish-language network in the United States, reaching an estimated 94 million U.S. homes. It ranks fifth among all television networks in the U.S.

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On Thursday Rodner  issued an open letter apology to Michelle Obama. In it he claimed his comments were taken out of context and that as a member of a ‘bi-racial Latin family’ he isn’t a racist.

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Click on the link below to read his apology letter.

RELATEDRead Spanish Television Host Rodner Figueroa’s Apology Letter To Michelle Obama After Calling Her An APE 

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