Rick Sanchez Apologizes, But Fox News And MSNBC Are Still ‘Not Interested’

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Rick Sanchez’s publicist released a statement today on behalf of the former CNN anchor, who was fired after making biased comments about Jon Stewart and, um, media higher-ups of the Jewish persuasion. Sanchez says he apologized to Stewart on Tuesday and wanted his extend his apology to the public:


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.

Even after the apology, Fox News and MSNBC both told The Wrap that they were not interested in hiring Sanchez, despite Internet speculation that Fox might be might a good landing spot for the suddenly out-of-work anchor. In a spate of bad timing, Sanchez’s wife recently revealed on her Facebook page that the couple had just purchased a lakefront home.

Even after the apology, Fox News and MSNBC both told The Wrap that they were not interested in hiring Sanchez, despite Internet speculation that Fox might be might a good landing spot for the suddenly out-of-work anchor. In a spate of bad timing, Sanchez’s wife recently revealed on her Facebook page that the couple had just purchased a lakefront home.

On Monday’s episode of the Daily Show, Stewart showed footage of Sanchez from August calling a neo-Nazi “a bigot” and talking about America’s divisive obsession with race. We’re pretty sure there are people who would both take a neo-Nazi to task and engage in “intemperate statements and some banal jew-baiting,” as Stewart describes Sanchez’s comments. But his message is clear: It might not be as bad as everyone (some people, definitely not us, though) initially made it out.

The rumor that Sanchez was already on his way out in the wake of former CNN president Jonathan Klein’s ouster from the company has been circling the Sanchez story. On Business Insider, Chez Pazienza, an ex-CNN producer, who worked with Sanchez on American Morning lends some credence to the gossip.



Sanchez ended his statement with the line, “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.” Mental note to future self: never title a book with a description that could later be used against us.

EX-CNN anchor Rick Sanchez releases statement [St. Petersburg Times]
Some Rick Sanchez Insights From A Former CNN Producer [Business Insider]
Fox News, MSNBC ‘Not Interested’ in Rick Sanchez, Even Post-Apology [The Wrap]