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Rick Sanchez Fired From CNN After Calling Jon Stewart A 'Bigot'

CNN has fired host Rick Sanchez, after he called Jon Stewart a 'bigot' during a radio interview.

During an interview on the radio program 'Stand Up with Peter Dominick', Sanchez went on a rant and said there is racism in the media, not just from conservatives but also what he called "elite, establishment liberals."

"Deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier, and not the top tier," he said.

Sanchez then pointed to Stewart, and called 'The Daily Show' host a "bigot," who only surrounded himself with people like him.

"I think to some extent Jon Stewart and Colbert are the same way. I think Jon Stewart's a bigot."

"I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine."

"Everybody else who's not like him," said Sanchez. "Anybody who's different than you are, anybody who's not form your frame of reference; anybody who doesn't look and sound exactly like the people that you sound like and grew up with. The people that you put on your show, who always reflect somebody who's, 'I'm bringing in to sit around me,' you know, who's very different from me."

"I'm sorry, but I just don't buy this thing that the only people out there who are prejudiced… are the right. There's people that are prejudiced on both sides."

"Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with? That's what happens when you watch yourself on his show every day, and all they ever do is call you stupid."

Sanchez has been a frequent target of Stewart and fellow Comedy Central personality Stephen Colbert. In March, Stewart dedicated an entire segment to criticizing Sanchez' coverage of the Chilean earthquake, as he called CNN "the most trusted name in over-caffeinated control freaks."

He said Stewart's worldview is "very much a white, liberal establishment point of view… He can't relate to a guy like me. He can't relate to a guy whose dad worked all his life. He can't relate to somebody who grew up poor."

"All right, I'll take the word bigot back; I'll say prejudicial, uninformed," he later backtracked.

"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," Sanchez continued.

Dominick suggested that Stewart could be considered a minority because he is Jewish, but Sanchez, who is Cuban America, rejected that thought.

"Very powerless people," Sanchez said, laughing. "I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they -- the people in this country who are Jewish -- are an oppressed minority? Yeah."

Sanchez had been with CNN since 2004 and began hosting his own show, Rick's List, in January.

You can listen to a portion of the interview below:

October 4, 2010 |

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