(Article updated with information on Rick Sanchez's interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America.)NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Rick Sanchez was fired from CNN last week after he made several controversial remarks. In an interview on Pete Dominick's Sirius ( SIRI) satellite radio show, Stand Up!, on Sept. 30, Sanchez referred to Comedy Central host Jon Stewart as a "bigot." He also suggested that most media networks, including CNN, are run by Jews who look down on Hispanics like himself. The remarks came after Stewart and Stephen Colbert constantly mocked him on their respective shows, The Daily Show and Colbert Report, which both air on Viacom's ( VIA) Comedy Central. This clip from Colbert shows that Stewart had clearly gotten under Sanchez's skin. Early in his interview with Dominick, Sanchez called Stewart "a bigot," then revised the term later in their conversation to "prejudicial" and "uninformed."
When Dominick asked him to explain what makes Stewart a bigot he replied, "I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine." When Dominick informed Sanchez that Stewart is in fact Jewish and therefore a minority himself, he said, "I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority?" to which he sarcastically responded to his own question, "Yeah." "I can't see somebody not getting a job somewhere because they're Jewish," Sanchez said. The day after the interview, Sanchez did not appear on his CNN show Rick's List. That evening the network, owned by Time Warner ( TWX), released a statement regarding his termination.
Letterman jokingly told Stewart that he had been "helping Rick Sanchez clean out his office." The fundraiser will be televised on Comedy Central on Oct. 21. Stewart spent the first 10 minutes of his show on Monday night addressing the Sanchez issue. "Oh my God! Rick Sanchez knows my name," Stewart said mockingly at the start of Monday's taping of The Daily Show. After playing a few Sanchez clips from the Dominick show, he said "we weren't making fun of Rick Sanchez because of a slight to ethnicity. We see him as a complex television character who is flawed but fascinating to watch every week." Stewart also spliced clips of Sanchez interacting with CNN employees with clips of Steve Carell as impulsive boss Michael Scott from NBC's show, The Office.
He also said that there are "no hard feelings" between him and CNN. "I have nothing but the highest regard for CNN and for my six wonderful years with them," he said "I appreciate every opportunity that they have given me, and it has been a wonderful experience working for them." On Friday morning Sanchez sat down for an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America in which he said he would "absolutely" want to return to CNN. "First of all that is not what I meant," he told Stephanopoulos. "Second of all I apologize and it was wrong for me to be so careless and so inartful," Sanchez said. "But it happened and I can't take it back and, you know what, now I have to stand up and be responsible."