An Emmy-wining television personality was fired after he allegedly said that first lady Michelle Obama looked like a cast member from the movie “Planet of the Apes.” The Miami Herald reports that Spanish-language host Rodner Figueroa was canned by Univision.
“Figueroa, who’s known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks Wednesday during a live segment of the show ‘El Gordo y la Flaca’ in which the hosts were commenting on a viral video that shows a makeup artist transforming himself into different celebrities, including Michelle Obama,” the Herald reports.
The article quotes Figueroa, 42, saying: “Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of Planet of the Apes, the movie.”
the report adds: “When hostess Lili Estefan countered with ‘What are you saying?’ and host Raul de Molina said Obama was very attractive, Figueroa defended his remark, saying, ‘but it is true.’”
Univision issued a statement today calling Figueroa’s remarks “completely reprehensible.”
The Univision statement adds: “Yesterday during our entertainment program ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’ Rodner Figueroa made comments regarding First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible and in no way reflect Univision’s values or views. As a result, Mr. Figueroa was immediately terminated.”
The popular Spanish-language talk show has been airing for more than 16 years.