Rick Sanchez Apologizes for Outburst

Categories: Media Watch
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A little less than a week after unleashing a controversial tirade against Jon Stewart, his Daily Show, and CNN execs in which he implied that Jews run the media that ultimately lead to his dismissal from CNN, Rick Sanchez has finally released a public apology. He reveals he privately apologized to Stewart, and says that his words were "never intended to suggest any sort of narrow-mindedness and should never have been made."

Here's the full statement:
"On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with Jon Stewart, and I had the opportunity to apologize for my inartful comments from last week. I sincerely extend this apology to anyone else whom I may have offended.

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.

In the aftermath of these comments, CNN and I have decided to part ways. However, I want to go on record to say that I have nothing but the highest regard for CNN and for my six wonderful years with them. I appreciate every opportunity that they have given me, and it has been a wonderful experience working for them. I have tremendous respect for everyone there, and I know that they feel the same about me. There are no hard feelings - just excitement about a new future of opportunities.

I look forward to my next step with great anticipation. 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."
The statement echos claims made by Sanchez's wife, Suzanne, made on Facebook.

"His exhaustion from working 14 hr days for 2 mo. straight, caused him to mangle his thought process inartfully," she wrote.

Stewart handled the controversy with fun but ended the segment on a gracious note.

It seems that once things cool down, Sanchez may be able to continue his career. The only question is where.
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