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Rick Sanchez Apologizes to Jon Stewart, Thanks CNN in Official Statement

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 6th 2010 8:00PM
Rick Sanchez is taking the high road on his way out.

Sanchez was fired by CNN after the news anchor, appearing on Pete Dominick's satellite radio show, called 'The Daily Show' host Jon Stewart a "bigot," and implied that Jewish people were in control of the news media.

Stewart had a history of ribbing Sanchez about the 52 year old's unconventional and sometimes gaffe prone on-camera manner, and that seemed to be what set Sanchez off.

Sanchez addressed both CNN and Stewart in an official statement released by his PR firm Tuesday afternoon:

"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."

For his part, Jon Stewart addressed Sanchez's comments Monday on 'The Daily Show.' He made fun of Sanchez, like he had done in the past, but ultimately concluded Sanchez has "probably got a good heart."

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