Univision Host Fired After Saying Michelle Obama Looked Like Something From Planet of the Apes

Michelle Obama and makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros 
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Univision host Rodner Figueroa is now without a job after making a racist comment about Michelle Obama live on the air. Figueroa was fired on Wednesday after comparing Obama to someone from Planet of the Apes.

During El Gordo y la Flaca, Figueroa made the comment while discussing makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros’ ability to transform himself into female celebrities with just makeup. According to the Huffington Post, Ballesteros transformed himself into Obama, and that’s when Figueroa made his comment.

"Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's part of the cast of Planet of the Apes, the film," Figueroa said.


Univision Vice President of Consumer and Entertainment Public Relations Ivelisse Malave confirmed that Figueroa had been fired from the show:

Yesterday during the entertainment show "El Gordo y La Flaca," Rodner Figueroa made comments about First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible and in no way reflect the values or opinions of Univision. As a result, Mr. Figueroa was fired immediately.

Happy job hunting, Figueroa!

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