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."
"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:
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,"