Rick Sanchez did an interview yesterday with Pete Dominick on the Stand Up with Pete Dominick show from Sirius radio network. Dominick, former ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘Daily Show’ opening comedian, brought up the topic of bias in media, and then out of nowhere Rick Sanchez began an attack on Jon Stewart:
It’s not just the right that does this, because I’ve known a lot of elite, Northeast establishment liberals that may not use this as a business model, but deep down, when they look at a guy like me, they see a guy automatically who belongs in the second tier and not the top tier. … I think to some extent, Jon Stewart and [Stephen Colbert] are this way. I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot. 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. … Look at his show, I mean, what does he surrounds himself with?
And it just gets crazier from there, with Rick Sanchez accusing “the Jews” of running CNN and the media (“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? Yeah.”).
After the news of this interview leaked, CNN quickly pulled Rick Sanchez from his “Rick’s List” show this afternoon, and it was announced late today that Rick Sanchez had been fired from his CNN pundit position. According to a simple press release by CNN, “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.”
You can listen to the “Stand Up with Pete Dominick” interview with Rick Sanchez in its entirety below. The comments quoted above start at 16:58, with a revisit to the subject at 31:45.