Univision Fires Host Over Michelle Obama Comment

Rodner Figueroa made 'Planet of the Apes' reference
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2015 6:32 PM CDT
Rodner Figueroa arrives at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in 2011.   (Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of Planet of the Apes. Figueroa, who's known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks during a live segment of the show El Gordo y la Flaca. The hosts were commenting on a viral video that shows a makeup artist transforming himself into different celebrities, including Michelle Obama. "Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's from the cast of Planet of the Apes, the movie," Figueroa, 42, said with a giggle.

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." In a statement, Univision called Figueroa's comments "completely reprehensible" and said they "in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision." Figueroa, who in 2014 won a Daytime Emmy Award, did not respond to requests for comment. He worked for Univision for 17 years.

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