Rodner Figueroa Reappears After Univision Firing, Breaks Silence On 'Al Rojo Vivo' [VIDEO]

Rodner Figueroa
After being fired from Univision, Rodner Figueroa reappears in an exclusive interview for "Al Rojo Vivo" with María Celeste Arrarás. The former TV presenter tells everything that happened and his plans for the future. Photo: Screenshot / Al Rojo Vivo / YouTube

After two years of absence, the former TV host of "Sal y Pimienta" and "El Gordo Y La Flaca," Rodner Figueroa, broke his silence and talked exclusively to "Al Rojo Vivo" with María Celeste Arrarás, how this period has been for him.

This is the first interview that Figueroa gives on television after his abrupt departure of Univision. You may remember that during a segment on "El Gordo y la Flaca" the Venezuelan presented made disparaging comments about the then First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. In that comment, Figueroa said Obama looked like a character from the movie "The Planet of the Apes."

For the irreverence of his commentary, Rodner was immediately discharged from the Spanish-language network. "I then understood that for everything there is a limit," says Figueroa. "I think that maybe at that moment, in that uneasiness, there were no limits," said the former tv host referring to the comment of María Celeste, on whether he considered that he had said was part of his character on television.

Figueroa also attributes what happened to a "maelstrom" of things that were happening at that moment. "That day was the perfect storm. It is a day that I will never forget. A day in which for me time stopped in space," says Figueroa. Arrarás asked him if he had immediately realized that he had been out of line, to which Figueroa replied: "Completely."

Among everything that happened, Rodner says how knowing that his father had cried for his racist comment was one of the most difficult moments of this unfortunate situation. "People don't know it but my dad is black," Figueroa said with tears in his eyes. "And the fact of knowing that my dad had cried... because he knows me, he knows my soul, he knows who I am, he raised me to be a person who does not judge, to be an integral person. When I saw my dad cry, everything brokes inside me."

Rodner also commented on his deep friendship with Raul de Molina, and assure that he has always been there for him. Find below the first part of the interview.

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