TV Column: Rick Sanchez and wife apologize for his Jon Stewart rant

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez.
Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. (AP)
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By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, October 7, 2010

On Monday, the wife of Rick Sanchez launched a trial balloon, via her Facebook page, saying that her husband was really sorry for the ethnically charged things he'd said that cost him his job. On Wednesday, the ousted CNN anchor issued his own full-on apology:

"On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with ["The Daily Show" host] 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," Sanchez began in his lengthy apology.

CNN fired Sanchez Friday in the wake of comments he made about Stewart -- who has frequently poked fun at Sanchez on his show -- about the media, and Jewish people, during an appearance on a Sirius XM radio show. Stewart and CBS late-night host David Letterman both reveled in Sanchez's career-killing rant on their shows Monday night.

For his part, Stewart took Sanchez to task for having said Stewart "grew up in a suburban middle-class New Jersey home with everything that you could ever imagine."

(WATCH VIDEO: Stewart weighs in on his firing)

Sanchez, Stewart snarked, "really nailed what it was like growing up in central Jersey in the early '70s, the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field."

In his apology, Sanchez said that, "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."

During the radio interview, Sanchez suggested he'd been the victim of discrimination at CNN. In his statement issued Wednesday he said, "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."

Sanchez chose the occasion to continue to plug his remaining enterprise, and said he would follow his own future with considerable interest: "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."

One day earlier, Suzanne Sanchez had posted an apology of sorts from her husband on her Facebook page:

"rick apologized to jon stewart today. they had a good talk.

"jon was gracious and called rick 'thin-skinned.' he's right. rick feels horrible that in an effort to make a broader point about the media, his exhaustion from working 14 hr days for 2 mo. straight, caused him to mangle his thought process inartfully. he got caught up in the banter."

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