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.
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.
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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.
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