Michelle Obama got me fired: Univision host says FLOTUS intervened after ‘Planet of the Apes’ joke

A host for the Spanish language television station Univision who was fired for making what was deemed to be a racist comment about Michelle Obama is blaming the first lady for his termination, according to TMZ.

The controversy started when the host of “ El Gordo Y La Flacaa,” Rodner Figueroa, told a makeup artist that transformed himself into Michelle Obama he looked like a cast member of “Planet of the Apes.”

Figueroa’s representatives said no one from the network expressed concerns about the statement until he received a call from a network executive later that night telling him the first lady’s office called to complain, TMZ reported.

The host wrote an open letter apologizing to Obama for the remark.

“I want to clarify that I’m not racist and in no way was my comment directed at you, but rather the work of the artist, which left much to be desired,” Figueroa wrote.

“I come from a family bi-racial America, with family, like my father, Afro-Latin race,” he added. “I am the first openly gay Hispanic TV presenter and I’ve been an activist for causes in favor of minorities, as I have been discriminated against. I voted openly twice by her husband, Barack Obama, because I consider it a great man who respects minorities, like me, in this country.

That wasn’t enough to save his job however and Univision released a statement of its own to announce his firing.

Michelle Obama Univision Artist
Photo via TMZ.

“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,” the statement said. “As a result, Mr. Figueroa was immediately terminated.”

Related: Actress sparks firestorm defending Michelle Obama-Planet of the Apes reference on ‘The View’: ‘Some people look like animals’


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Carmine Sabia


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles