An Emmy-winning talk show host has been fired by Spanish-language TV station Univision after he compared the First Lady to a character from Planet Of The Apes on live television.
Host Got Fired After Talking About Paolo Ballesteros And Comparing Michelle Obama To Planet Of The Apes
Mar 14, 2015 at 6:35 AM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : Showbiz
Rodner Figueroa, who's known for his biting fashion commentary, made the racially insensitive remark on the entertainment news show El Gordo Y La Flaca on Wednesday.
Venezuelan-born Figueroa made the remark in a segment discussing the work of make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros who posts photos of himself transformed into female celebrities.
Figueroa, 42, was talking about how Ballesteros had transformed himself into the First Lady when said: 'Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's from the cast of Planet Of The Apes, the movie.'
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.'
The show aired live on the East Coast, but his remarks were edited out of the version broadcast for the West Coast, reports Latino Voices.
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