This morning, fired CNN host, Rick Sanchez visited ABC’s Good Morning America to issue a sincere apology for anti-semitic comments he made last week about Daily Show host John Stewart, CNN and Jewish people in the media industry. But it was the comment he made following his heartfelt apology that led to some tension between the Cuban-born Sanchez and GMA reporter, George Stephanopoulous.
“I hope you don’t mind my saying this but I’m just going to go ahead and say it," Sanchez began. "If you look at the landscape right now in our media—in primetime newscasts on cable news in the United States—there’s not a single Hispanic, a single Asian American or a single African American.”
When Stephanopoulous brought up that Connie Chung had a show at CNN, Sanchez replied, “There are a lot of people who have had shows a little bit in the past. I’m talking about right now, George. And I think it’s significant.”
Still, Sanchez did make it abundantly clear in the interview that that fact is no excuse for his actions last week. “I was wrong to say that, and I was wrong to scapegoat John Stewart. I was feeling a little bit put out, and I was feeling a little sensitive, and I was looking at the landscape and I was seeing that. And I externalized the problem and put it on John Stewart’s shoulders. I was wrong to do that," he explained.
Sanchez-gate started last week when the fired CNN host said the following during an interview on Sirius XM Satelite Radio: “I think John Stewart is a bigot…I’m telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart.” Less than 24 hours later, Sanchez was fired from CNN.
Asked if he would ever go back to CNN, Sanchez sounded sincere, “Absolutely. CNN is a wonderful organization that treated me well and took care of my family. And I owe them loyalty because they’ve been good to me. CNN didn’t screw up. Rick Sanchez screwed up. I’d be happy to go back.”