CNN Fires Rick Sanchez After Controversial Remarks

by | October 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM | Cable News, Late Night, TV News

CNN Host Rick Sanchez (Photo: CNN)

CNN Host Rick Sanchez (Photo: CNN)

NEW YORK – CNN says that anchor Rick Sanchez has been fired, a day after he called Jon Stewart a bigot while on a radio show.

Sanchez said on a satellite radio program Thursday that Stewart is bigoted toward “everybody else that’s not like him.” The Comedy Central ‘Daily Show‘ host has frequently poked fun at Sanchez on the air.

Sanchez Calls Stewart a Bigot

Also in the interview, Sanchez mocked the suggestion that Jews are a minority, and implied that Jewish people run CNN and other media outlets.

The offensive comments included the following:

“Yeah… Very powerless people… [snickers] He’s such a minority, I mean, you know [sarcastically]… Please, what are you kidding? … I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they — the people in this country who are Jewish — are an oppressed minority? Yeah.”

The statement from CNN says: “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”

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