Rodner Figueroa Fired From Univision: 'Sal y Pimienta' Host Axed After Michelle Obama Racist Comments

Rodner Figueroa Fired
The Emmy-award winning host has been fired from Univision after racist remarks about Michelle Obama. Getty

Rodner Figueroa has been fired from Univision where he hosted multiple shows like "Sal y Pimienta" and "El Gordo y La Flaca." The Venezuelan-host was let go following comments about Michelle Obama. Figueroa made remarks about the First Lady of the U.S. saying "she looked like she was from the 'Planet of the Apes.'" Javier Ceriani posted the video of the moment, which you can watch down below. Figueroa's biography does not appear on the Univision "talent" section and his link redirects to the general "talent" page. "At Univision there's no space for racist comments," an executive told People En Español.

Last year, during the Daytime Emmy Awards Figueroa became the recipient of the award in the Outstanding Daytime Talent in Spanish category. The fashion critic of "El Gordo y la Flaca" beat out his co-workers Carlos CalderónAlejandra Espinoza and Lili Estefan.  There's no word as to who will replace him on "Sal y Pimienta" on Sunday night or who will take over his duties on "Nuestra Belleza Latina," which he was still working on this week. Will you miss the host on Univision?

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.