CNN's Rick Sanchez Fired After Radio Rant About Jon Stewart

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez was fired on Friday after going on a tirade during a radio interview, calling "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart a "bigot" and accusing the "elite, Northeast establishment liberals" of labeling him as "second-tier" due to his Cuban-American heritage.

CNN issued a statement confirming Sanchez's departure from the network:

“Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well,"

Sanchez was born in Cuba and raised just outside of Miami. He joined CNN in 2004 and became the host of his own show “Rick’s List” in January 2010.

During a Thursday interview on the "Stand Up! with Pete Dominick" show on SiriusXM radio, Sanchez said that racism in the media comes from "not just [from] the right," but also at the hands of the "elite, Northeast establishment liberals."

He added:

"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,"

Sanchez then pointed out Jon Stewart at Comedy Central, saying that he is a bigot with “white, liberal establishment point of view" and accusing Stewart of picking on Sanchez's on-air mistakes because of his race:

"Here's what they do. This is the game they play: 'I just picked on Fox News, because they just had a bold-faced [sic] lie about something -- dammit, that means I gotta find something on CNN. Oh, I know… wait, hold on, let me find, oh that Rick Sanchez, that little Puerto Rican guy. I'll make fun of him,’”

When asked if Stewart could be considered a minority because he is Jewish, Sanchez balked:

"Very powerless people. He's such a minority, I mean, you know… Please, what are you kidding?…I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart...the people in this country who are Jewish -- are an oppressed minority? Yeah,"

Comments

The BEST decision was getting rid of this guy!!! NOW I can finally watch CNN again. Thank you.

Now I can STOP watching CNN yawn yawn... He has the best show there

Thank you!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally! Sanchez was the dumbest anchor I've ever seen. Always using words out of context or the wrong words period. Ranting and raving about things he obvioulsy wasn't informed about and treating his co-workers like kids. He has no sense of humour and can't laugh at himself. That's why John Stewart (really funny guy) got under his skin so badly.

Contrary to the first comments I truly will miss Rick. He was a bright light in the media and was objective, honest, intelligent and interesting. I liked his " lists " and his courage to sometimes go against the expected main stream. I watched your show often.
There is so much superficiality on News Media, too much about money and the necessity to being politically correct.
I like Joy Behar, Jan V. Mitchell and of course Bill Maher. (I wonder when their shows get the ax)
For some irritating reason we do not get BILL MAHER here yet, but they want to bring in the Fox News big time. Oh yes, THAT is what we Canadians need!
Rick, my best wishes go to you. I watched you with joy and a LOT OF HIGH quality of good reporting went down the drain with you being let go.
Hope you have a much better future!!!!!
Wiebke

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I watch you every night (Seattle). You are intelligent, georgeous, neat, interesting, I don't do "boring". So sorry to see you leave. I will NEVER watch CNN ever!! You were the only reason why I went in. Everyone else is BORING! Thank you for the wonderful years you gave us. I always thought you were too good to be on CNN. Best wishes and God Bless You.

For Mr. Sanchez to claim any group has a certain behavior or belief systme based upon nationality or outward appearance is bigoted! Does he not understand this? If he feels oppressed and judged based upon his cuban-American heritage how does he think Jewish people or caucasions feel about his rant? Dumb-Dumb.I think he is projecting his own biases onto others.

Yea, Rich Sanchez don't let the door hit you in the behind! Let's hope MSNBC gets the idea and fires that idiot Contessa Brewer so she can learn "Mano-a-Mano" actually means "Hand to Hand" and has no relationship to gender!!! You go alleged "summa cum laude" girl!!!