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Rick Sanchez Apologizes To Jon Stewart For 'Bigot' Comment

Rick Sanchez's wife says the former CNN anchor has apologized to comedian Jon Stewart for calling him a "bigot" in radio interview last week.

"Rick apologized to Jon Stewart today," reveals Suzanne on her Facebook page, adding that her husband's tough work schedule caused him to "mangle his thought process" during the interview.

"They had a good talk. Jon was gracious and called Rick, 'thin-skinned,'" she said.

"His exhaustion from working 14 hour days for two months straight caused him to mangle his thought process inartfully."

"He got caught up in the banter and deeply apologizes to anyone who was offended by his unintended comments."

Suzanne, who is a stay-at-home mom, has four children with Sanchez.

UPDATE:

Sanchez has now released his own statement, which expands upon his wife's comments:

"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."

October 6, 2010 |

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