Univision host fired for comparing Michelle Obama to a Planet of Apes character

2015-03-13 12:00

Los Angeles - The United States' largest Spanish-language television channel has fired a key presenter who said First Lady Michelle Obama looked like a cast member from Planet of the Apes, Univision said on Thursday.

Venezuelan host Rodner Figueroa made the comment on Wednesday during the evening El Gordo y La Flaca program, as moderators discussed a make-up artist who had transformed himself into a variety of female celebrity figures, including Obama.

As images of the man plus Obama appeared on the screen, Figueroa commented in Spanish that "Michelle Obama looks like a cast member of Planet of the Apes".

Univision moved swiftly to fire Figueroa.

"Yesterday during our entertainment program El Gordo y La Flaca Rodner Figueroa made comments regarding First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible," Univision said in a statement.

"As a result, Mr Figueroa was immediately terminated."

Figueroa, nicknamed 'El Fashionista', made a name for himself on Univision as a fashion expert, with frequent commentary and critiques of US and Latin stars plus red-carpet interviews

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