Univision TV Host Fired for Comparing Michelle Obama to "Planet of the Apes"

Anti-blackness runs rampant across the world.

This week, Emmy award-winning Univision TV host Rodner Figueroa has been fired for making derogatory comments about Michelle Obama during a popular television show.

A firestorm started after the comments were circulated on social media.

On the show "El Gordo Y la Flaca," Figueroa said, "You know Michelle Obama looks like she is of the cast of "The Planet Of The Apes," pointing to a picture of the First Lady.

Figueroa made the comments during a segment on makeup transformations by a makeup artist, Paolo Ballesteros, who makes himself look like famous women celebrities.

Univision fired Figueroa; an executive told "People En Español" there was no place for racist comments in the network. Figueroa is also the host of another Univision show, "Sal Y Pimienta."

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