Anchor Rick Sanchez was fired by CNN Friday evening, a day after making inflammatory comments about Jews and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Sanchez spoke with Sirius XM satellite radio host Pete Dominick (a former warm-up comic for Stewart’s show).
The terse statement from the cable network where Sanchez worked since 2004 read:
“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
At one point in the interview, Sanchez told Dominick that Stewart is a “bigot” and added that he [Stewart] was bigoted against “everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?”
Dominick, who works for CNN on John King U.S.A, pointed out that Stewart is Jewish and is therefore a minority.
“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 this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah,” Sanchez responded.
Sanchez’s 3-5 p.m. weekday show is being replaced by CNN Newsroom for the “foreseeable future,” CNN said.
TVNewser has more on the story, including audio from the controversial interview.