Rodner Figueroa says Michelle Obama got him fired after ‘Planet of the Apes’ joke (VIDEO)
Univision fired talk show host Rodner Figueroa after he made racist comments about Michelle Obama on Wednesday. He now says that the office of the First Lady was what got him fired from the station.
His team tells TMZ: “No one from the station or social media uttered a peep when he said Wednesday morning that a makeup artist who transformed himself into Michelle Obama, looked like a member of the Planet of the Apes cast.”
Wednesday night, Figueroa was told that the office of Michelle Obama called the network to complain.
On Thursday, Univision fired Figueroa saying his comments were “completely reprehensible” and “in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision.”
He has since written a letter to the First Lady which reads in part: “I’ve been an activist for causes in favor of minorities, as I have been discriminated against. I voted openly twice for your husband, Barack Obama.”
He should have known better than to make a joke like that, specially after the Giuliana Rancic – Zendaya débâcle.
Watch the video of Rodner Figueroa’s racist comments here: