Rick Sanchez Apologizes: I’m ‘Opposed to Hate and Intolerance’
October 6, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)— After going into hiding for a few days, after the firestorm of bad publicity caused by his Jews control the media radio rant, former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has released a written apology. As noted on his wife’s Facebook, Sanchez confirmed in his statement that he did personally phone Jon Stewart to apologize for his remarks, wherein he called the Jewish Comedy Central comedian a “bigot.” Sanchez acknowledged that his anti-Semitic rant “should never have been made,” saying he is “very much opposed to hate and intolerance.” Sanchez’s excuse? He, attributed his shocking display to exhaustion, saying his “tired and mangled words” were not meant to display “narrow-mindedness.”
The former host of CNN’s “Rick’s List” was frustrated with being the frequent target of both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s jokes and he let loose during a radio interview, spewing biting ethnic resentment. While railing against all the Jews that he said controlled CNN and the rest of the media, Sanchez also showed he was thin-skinned.
“If I did just sit there and read the teleprompter every day, Jon Stewart would never say a word about me. He’d say I’m a good Hispanic anchor, “Way to go, you’ve done a good job, stay right there.” … I am a complex human being, I’m not some moron…”
But Stewart was not about to go easy on Sanchez. On Monday night, he responded to Sanchez’s attack on him as a bigot and Sanchez’s anti-Semitic meltdown in a biting piece of satire. But in the end, Stewart concluded “I think the guy’s probably got a good heart.”
Below is Sanchez’s entire statement:
“On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with Jon Stewart, and I had the opportunity to apologize for my inartful comments from last week. I sincerely extend this apology to anyone else whom I may have offended.
As Jon was kind enough to note in his show Monday night, I am very much opposed to hate and intolerance, in any form, and I have frequently spoken out against prejudice. Despite what my tired and mangled words may have implied, they were never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made.
In the aftermath of these comments, CNN and I have decided to part ways. However, I want to go on record to say that I have nothing but the highest regard for CNN and for my six wonderful years with them. I appreciate every opportunity that they have given me, and it has been a wonderful experience working for them. I have tremendous respect for everyone there, and I know that they feel the same about me. There are no hard feelings – just excitement about a new future of opportunities.
I look forward to my next step with great anticipation. In the meantime, I will continue to promote my book, Conventional Idiocy, in the hopes of broadening the discussion to get a better understanding between all Americans, regardless of race, creed or religion.”