Univision Fires Host For Racist Michelle Obama Commentary

By Aura Bogado Mar 12, 2015

A popular, award-winning Spanish language television host, Rodner Figueroa, has been fired by Univision after making racist comments about Michelle Obama.

On Wednesday’s "El Gordo y la Flaca," Figueroa was talking about Paolo Ballesteros, who applies makeup to look like different celebrities–including sometimes donning blackface to look like Michelle Obama. Here’s a short clip in Spanish:

"You know Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’" said Figueroa, to some laughter from either the show’s hosts and/or audience. "I find her very attractive," responded host Raúl de Molina–who didn’t address Figueroa’s racist comment on the air.

This morning, @univision tweeted a statement in Spanish, writing that Figueroa’s comments about "First Lady Michelle Obama were completely reprehensible and in no way reflect the values ??or opinions of Univision," confirming that Figueroa has split from Univision.

(h/t Latino Rebels)