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Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired Wednesday after comparing first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance to that of a cast member from the “Planet of the Apes.”

The Emmy-winning host made the racist remark during his live segment on the entertainment news show “El Gordo Y La Flaca,” HuffPost Voces first reported.

He was discussing make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros’ viral undertaking of transforming himself into female celebrities. The fashionista, known for his critical “Fashion Police”-style remarks, analyzed Ballesteros’ transformation for Michelle Obama with an original photo of the first lady beside it.

“Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ the film,” Figueroa said.

Host Raúl de Molina attempted to counter the comment saying he thought Mrs. Obama was very attractive. The show aired live on the East Coast and was edited for the West Coast.

In addition to his appearances in “El Gordo Y La Flaca,” Figueroa co-hosted the evening gossip show “Sal Y Pimienta.” By Wednesday night, Figueroa had been given his walking papers and Univision had already deleted his photos from the shows’ web site.

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