Rick Sanchez has been fired by CNN, the Associated Press reports.
Here’s the background. On Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, Sanchez was on a satellite radio show hosted by Pete Dominick. The interview can be heard below, thanks to Mediaite making it available.
The discussion on the show quickly turned to one about Jon Stewart, who has regularly made fun of Sanchez on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
At one point Sanchez said the Stewart is “upset that someone of my ilk is almost at his level,” the AP reported.
Furthermore, the AP wrote, “Sanchez said that Stewart is bigoted toward ‘everybody else that’s not like him.’ He said Stewart ‘can’t relate to what I grew up with,’ saying his family had been poor and he had seen prejudice directed at his father. Sanchez dismisses it when Dominick points out that Stewart, who is Jewish, is also a minority.”
After that, according to the report, Sanchez said, “I’m telling you that everyone who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority?”
Then, the AP said, Sanchez added a sarcastic “yeah” and later said, “I can’t see someone not getting a job these days because they’re Jewish.”
Sanchez is Cuban-American.
According to the AP, in letting Sanchez go “CNN issued a statement late Friday that said Sanchez ‘is no longer with the company.’ In it, the network also thanked Sanchez ‘for his years of service’ and wished him well.
The AP said it tried to reach Sanchez for comment but was not successful. The story also said that Stewart had no comment.
Here’s the radio interview between Sanchez and Dominick: