Univision host Rodner Figueroa landed himself in hot water over his shocking comment about Michelle Obama, which he made during the program El Gordo Y La Flaca.
Figueroa compared the First Lady’s appearance to that of someone from the cast of Planet of the Apes, saying, “Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of Planet of the Apes, the film.”
In case you are unfamiliar with the film, it’s a 1968 sci-fi film where astronauts find themselves stranded on futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are their slaves.
According to E! News, the Emmy-winning host made the derogatory remark during a segment about makeup transformations alongside makeup artist Paolo Ballesteros, who recently became an internet sensation for his amazing makeup, which sees him dramatically transform into female celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Miley Cyrus.
Social media users were outraged by Figueroa’s comment, and the network quickly decided to rectify the situation by firing him.
According to E! News, Univison released a statement this morning, which reads, “Yesterday during our entertainment program El Gordo y La Flaca, Rodner Figueroa made comments regarding First Lady Michelle Obama that were completely reprehensible and in no way reflect Univision’s values or views. As a result, Mr. Figueroa was immediately terminated.”
For more, watch the video (which is in Spanish) below.