UPDATED, 8:50 p.m. EST, 3-13-15
Former Univision talk show host Rodner Figueroa wants First Lady Michelle Obama to know that he’s sorry for comments he made about her and has issued an apology.
He also wants Mrs. Obama to know that he is not a racist.
Figueroa, who was fired from Univision’s “El Gordo y la Flaca” after he said that First Lady Obama “looks like she’s from the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’” has issued a profuse apology to Obama in an open letter obtained by TheWrap.
“I offer my sincere apology for an unfortunate comment I made about a makeup artist’s depiction of you on Univision’s show ‘El Gordo y La Flaca’ yesterday. It was clearly in bad taste and misunderstood,” Figueroa’s letter began. “I would like to explain that my remark was not directed at you, but at the result of an artist’s depiction of you that I found wasn’t accurate. The entire video clip in context corroborates this.”
Nonetheless, despite the apparent misinterpretation, Figueroa admitted that “there is no justification for someone at my level to make any kind of comment that could be interpreted as offensive or disrespectful to you personally, or to any minority in the times we live.”
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