Univision Host Fired For Saying First Lady Michelle Obama Looks Like An ‘Ape’ On Live Show

Friday, March 13, 2015

Emmy award-winning talk show host Rodner Figueroa compared Michelle Obama to a character from ‘Planet of the Apes’ on live television on March 11. So appalling! Thankfully he’s already facing the consequences.

Rodner Figueroa 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 televisionAt the Daytime Emmy Awards last June Figueroa had won the Outstanding Daytime Talent in the Spanish category

Spanish-language TV station Univision fired Rodner Figueroa almost immediately after he made the racially insensitive comment about First Lady Michelle Obama during his entertainment news show El Gordo Y La Flaca.

Rodner, 42, is known for his “biting fashion commentary,” but the talk show host majorly crossed the line when he said Michelle looked like a cast member from Planet of the Apes on air on March 11.

He made the comment while he and his co-hosts were discussing the work of makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros, who uses beauty products to transform himself into female celebrities, including the first lady. If you haven't seen the pictures, click on the link below:

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Then out of the blue, Rodner said,
“Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of Planet of the Apes, the movie.”
His co-hosts reacted quickly. Lili Estefan said, “What are you saying?” and Raul de Molina said Michelle was an attractive woman. Still, Rodner stood by his shocking statement, saying,
“But it is true.” 
How dare he?!

Univision made it clear that Rodner’s remark would not be tolerated or brushed aside. By the night of March 11, the network had taken Rodner’s photo down from its website.

Univision then released a statement the following day, March 12, saying:
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.


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