CNN's Sanchez Fired After Calling Jon Stewart a Bigot

Rick Sanchez claims in radio interview that Jews run CNN and are not a minority; the Comedy Central Daily Show host frequently pokes fun at Sanchez on the air.

CNN says that anchor Rick Sanchez has been fired, a day after he called celebrated "fake news" anchor Jon Stewart a bigot while on a radio show.

Sanchez said on a satellite radio program Thursday that Stewart is bigoted toward everybody else that's not like him. The Comedy Central Daily Show host has frequently poked fun at Sanchez on the air.

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Also in the interview, Sanchez had mocked a suggestion that Jews are a minority. Stewart, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, is Jewish.

Mediaite.com, a website that reports on U.S. media, writes that Sanchez claimed that American news networks are run by Jews, and that therefore American Jews cannot experience anti-Jewish prejudice.

Mediate quoted Sanchez as saying: "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 [sarcastically]… I can’t see somebody not getting a job somewhere because they’re Jewish."

The statement from CNN says Sanchez is no longer with the company. In it, the network also thanks Sanchez for his years of service and wishes him well.

On Saturday night, at the fundraising event for autism research at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Stewart made two references to Sanchez’s losing his job with CNN.

“If you went on radio and said the Jews control the media…you may want to hold on to your money,” Stewart said in typical tongue-in-cheek fashion. Later, he said, "All he has to do is apologize to us, and we'll hire him back."‬

CNN fired senior editor for Middle East news Octavia Nasr in July after she published a Twitter message that said she respected a Lebanese Shi'ite cleric branded a terrorist by the United States.

Nasr made her comments after the death of the Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Shi'ite Islam's highest religious authorities and an early mentor of the militant group Hezbollah.

Click here to listen to an audio clip of the first part of the conversation between Rick Sanchez and radio show host Pete Dominick.