TV Host Rodner Figueroa Fired for Saying Michelle Obama Looks Like Someone from the Cast of “Planet of the Apes”

© Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images For Univision Rodner Figueroa attends the 2015 Premios Lo Nuestros Awards at American Airlines Arena on February 19, 2015 in Miami
© Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images For Univision Rodner Figueroa attends the 2015 Premios Lo Nuestros Awards at American Airlines Arena on February 19, 2015 in Miami

Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of “Planet of the Apes.”

Figueroa, who’s known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks during a live segment of the show “El Gordo y la Flaca” in which the hosts were commenting on a viral video that shows a makeup artist transforming himself into different celebrities, including Michelle Obama.

“Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ the movie,” Figueroa, 42, said with a giggle.

When hostess Lili Estefan countered with “What are you saying?” and host Raul de Molina said Obama was very attractive, Figueroa defended his remark, saying “but it is true.”

In a statement, Univision called Figueroa’s comments “completely reprehensible” and said they “in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision.”

Figueroa, who in 2014 won a Daytime Emmy Award, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

SOURCE: The Associated Press
Gisela Salomon

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