Morning Media Newsfeed: Snyderman Out | Univision Host Fired for FLOTUS Dig

Dr. Nancy Snyderman resigns from NBC News. Univision host fired for remarks about Michelle Obama. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Dr. Nancy Snyderman Out at NBC News (TVNewser)
NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman is leaving the network. Snyderman announced Thursday that she is leaving NBC News to take a faculty position at a medical school. THR / The Live Feed “I stepped out of the OR a few years ago and it is now time for me to return to my roots, so I am stepping down from my position as chief medical editor at NBC News,” Snyderman said in a statement. “Covering the Ebola epidemic last fall in Liberia, and then becoming part of the story upon my return to the U.S., contributed to my decision that now is the time to return to academic medicine.” HuffPost Snyderman’s departure comes just a few months after the network reprimanded her for breaking an Ebola quarantine. After returning from a reporting trip to Liberia, Snyderman was spotted getting takeout from a restaurant in New Jersey. She was placed on “family leave” for a month and a half, after which she apologized on Today. The Washington Post She never covered Ebola news again. Snyderman worked for NBC News for nine years and, before that, had been a medical correspondent for ABC News. She also had been an executive at Johnson & Johnson, managing consumer education. NYT Snyderman’s departure is the latest shake-up at the NBC News group in recent weeks, as the network has been in engulfed in crisis involving the news anchor Brian Williams. Last week, NBCUniversal hired Andrew Lack to lead its news division, the first step in a major restructuring of the executive ranks. Williams, meanwhile, is on a six-month suspension after he admitted that he had misled viewers with a story about a helicopter incident in Iraq. Lack officially starts in April but was aware of Snyderman’s departure from the network.

Univision’s Rodner Figueroa Fired Over Racist Comment Toward Michelle Obama (HuffPost)
Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired Wednesday after comparing first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance to that of someone from the cast of the Planet of The Apes. PRNewser Figueroa was fired after a segment on live television where he said, “Well, watch out, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of Planet of The Apes, the movie.” Figueroa, Univision’s (former) host of entertainment news show El Gordo Y La Flaca, was sent out the door almost immediately. TVNewser Figueroa has written a public letter to First Lady Michelle Obama, asking for her forgiveness. In the letter, he insists his comment was never intended to be interpreted about Obama herself, but rather the makeup artist’s poor effort to copy the First Lady’s look. Figueroa writes that while nobody at Univision objected initially to his comment, he was called and fired after the network received a complaint from Mrs. Obama’s office. THR Figueroa, who in 2014 won a Daytime Emmy Award, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. He worked for Univision for 17 years and had been on El Gordo Y La Flaca since 2000.

FNC Hires ‘The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden’ (TVNewser)
Fox News has hired former U.S. Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill as a contributor, offering military expertise and analysis. O’Neill is best known for being profiled in the FNC documentary, The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden. FishbowlDC He is FNC’s second contributor hire in recent days with Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., being brought on board last week. Variety During his career in the Navy, O’Neill served as a team leader within the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six, and completed more than 400 different combat missions within four theaters of war. O’Neill has flirted with greater fame since leaving the military. He did an anonymous interview with Esquire magazine in 2013 about the fateful bin Laden raid and took part in the Fox News special last year. His disclosures — and those of another Navy SEAL, Matt Bissonette — have fueled debate over whether military personnel engaged in some of the nation’s most critically important national-security initiatives ought to be recognized for their service or keep the details of their roles in clandestine operations from public scrutiny.