Host Fired After Michelle Obama “Ape” Comment
A TV host on Spanish-language network Univision is gone after commenting that First Lady Michelle Obama looked like someone from the film “Planet of the Apes.”
Emmy Award-winning host Rodner Figuera was fired on Wednesday after making the comment during a live segment of popular entertainment news show “El Gordo Y La Flaca.” The Huffington Post reported that the comment came while Figuera was talking about makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros, known for his viral videos where he uses contouring makeup to turn himself into female celebrities. When a photo comparing the real Michell Obama with one of Ballesteros efforts to transform into the First Lady, Figuera said, “Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of “Planet of the Apes,” the film.”
Fellow host Raúl de Molina tried to clean up Figuera’s rude comment by retorting that he found Mrs. Obama attractive, but the damage was done. Univision dropped the host, deleted him from their web site and, in a statement, distanced themselves from him, a representative saying the comments were “completely reprehensible and in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision.”
To see the offending comment, watch the video below.