Cuban news anchor Rick Sanchez is eating his own words after a radio broadcast on Friday. The long-time CNN personality, who’s come under fire before, made allegations that comedian Jon Stewart is a “bigot” and that Jews are in charge of steering CNN and the media in general.
CNN: HE’S OUTTA HERE
Shortly after the broadcast, CNN released a statement that Sanchez was no longer with the station. While fans were left to think he was just attempting to bring attention to his new book, the network no longer wished to be affiliated with him.
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company,” CNN said. “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
The 52-year-old TV personality was dismissed from the station but continued to tweet as normal. Rick updated his status shortly after the news hit the mainstream media saying, “Great shows today, last night on air…great numbers…yeah”.
BROOKE BALDWIN TOOK HIS PLACE
Sanchez later tweeted early Saturday morning that current CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin would have “a special surprise for Rick Sanchez”. This is the same Brooke that took Rick’s place on Friday afternoon for the regular recording of his show, “Rick’s List”.
The Huffington Post said, “Rick Sanchez did not appear on Friday’s “Rick List,” the afternoon after his controversial comments about Jon Stewart and Jews surfaced. Sanchez’s regular substitute Brooke Baldwin filled in for him.
THE CONTROVERSIAL DIALOGUE
The last time Sanchez was in the hot seat for his words, he was calling President Barack Obama a “cotton-pickin’ president”. Now, the conversation Rick had with SIRIUS radio host Pete Dominick, Thanks to TheStir.com, a transcript of Sanchez’s rant is laid out here:
PD: “How is [Jon Stewart] a bigot?”
RS: “I think he looks at the world through his mom who was a schoolteacher, and his dad who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle-class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.”
PD: “What group is he bigoted towards?”
RS: “Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at this show! What does he surround himself with?”
Soon after, the conversation (audio to the left) turns to the minority-status of Jon Stewart. Radio host Pete Dominick argued that Stewart, as a Jew, was just as much a minority as Cuban-American Rick Sanchez. The following statements rolled…
RS: “C, mon. How is he a minority?”
PD: “He’s Jewish.”
RS: “Yeah, very powerless people!” [laughs]
RS: “You’re such a minority. I mean, you know. Please. What? Are you kidding?”
PD: “You’re telling me that…”
RS: “I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart. And a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart. And to imply that somehow they, the people in the country who are Jewish are oppressed minorities? Yeah.”