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Univision Host Rodner Figueroa Fired Over Remarks Directed At Michelle Obama

| by Sean Kelly
Rodner Figueroa.Rodner Figueroa.

Rodner Figueroa, an Emmy-winning fashion expert and host at Spanish-language television network Univision, was fired for making controversial remarks about first lady Michelle Obama.

On March 11, during Figueroa’s show "El Gordo y la Flaca," 42-year-old Figueroa and the show’s other hosts were discussing makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros. Ballesteros has become known for transforming himself into celebrities through makeup — one of the celebrities being Obama.

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During the discussion, Figueroa made the comment about the first lady’s body.

“She looks like she was from the ‘Planet of the Apes,’” he said.

Figueroa’s co-host Raul de Molina quickly jumped in and refuted the shocking statement, calling Obama beautiful.

After word spread of the on-air comment, Univision released a statement announcing Figueroa’s departure from the network.

"Yesterday during the entertainment program ‘El Gordo y La Flaca,’ Rodner Figueroa made some comments about first lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible and in no way a reflection of the values and opinions of Univision. As a result, Mr. Figueroa was fired immediately,” the statement read. The host was removed from Univision’s website.

Figueroa has yet to comment on the incident, and Univision has not yet announced a replacement for the host.

Sources: Fox News Latino, NBC News

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