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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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21 thoughts on “Univision Host Fired for Comparing Michelle Obama to ‘Planet of the Apes’ (Watch)

  1. talk about irony Obama is opening the flood gates for Hispanics to “come on in ” and got all of you all duped into think only Republicans are bigoted Ha Ha

  2. pac4me on said:

    Lord have mercy – what is it when poor ass Mexican’s think it’s okay to slam the FLOTUS no matter what her race is? Racism is alive and well in these United States of America – I am 67 years old and have never witnessed so much disrespect for our leader and it’s all attributable to the color of his skin. Previous presidents have been bad, good and indifferent, yet they have America’s respect. I hope that when he leaves office, the pres will write a tell all book and tell these racist fools (like Della Reese did in Harlem Nights) to “Kiss my entire ass”

  3. African American woman on said:

    All of these types of occurrences of late should not only get us angry but get us moving. What others say about us; we can’t do anything about. However, we can do something about how we treat ourselves and each other. I don’t agree with insulting any group of people,however, when we call each other you black so and so, use the N word, accept extremely negative images, music and media about ourselves, kill each other, abandon and neglect our children, not banding together, putting more importance on sneakers and reality shows and accepting people in our neighborhoods and schools who seek to do nothing but destroy. Do you not think at some point that we pretty much give others to think less of us since we don’t demand better from ourselves? We can’t continue to keep looking outside for respect and validation when we don’t generate internally. If we, as a people, invested in ourselves as much as we freely invest in other people, instances like this wouldn’t have the chance to hurt so much.

  4. The bottom line is besides white people, other races are JEALOUS of black people. Black people are strong, talented, and are survivors.

  5. IIf it wasn’t for the black race, this ignorant, “jump on the bandwagon” racist would be here in racist America along with his “trifling” racist white race; and the other ignorant racists. He need to read up on black history!

    Horray for losing your job! Two thumbs up! 🙂

  6. Am glad he lost his job, because Mexicans and Cubans are known for making racist remarks about African Americas,living in Miami fla,it’s a every day thing with them, they really need to check there roots.

  7. Babyboomer on said:

    Glad he lost his job and also glad the network acted so quickly. Now that’s how you handle ignorance like this…

  8. And the fucked up part about this is that a mexican mofos who has afican heritage got the nerve to be racist. Sick of the ignorant bastards. Muffukkass need to start going postal

  9. Linda on said:

    Figueroa needs to go back on whatever boat he came here on!


    Whites are displaying their total insecurity when it comes to all of this racist behavior of late.
    Is it because they have lost their so called “place” when it comes to the majority and that there are
    more brown and people of color who are moving on up and they can’t stand it?

    This asshole deserved to lose his job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I agree with you I’m so tired of our President/First Lady being disrespected, it’s a disgrace. I just pray our President and family get out of the white house safely.

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