Fmr. CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Admits He ‘Screwed Up’

NEW YORK (AP) – Rick Sanchez didn’t mince any words. He said he was wrong and he screwed up.

Interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” a week after being fired from his hosting job at CNN, Sanchez apologized Friday for his slams at CNN and at Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, whom he had called a “bigot.”

Those remarks were aired on a radio program on Sept. 30.

Sanchez explained that he was tired when he made the radio appearance, and that “my daughter had a softball game I desperately wanted to go to, and I was a little impatient. I said some things I shouldn’t have said. They were wrong. Not only were they wrong, they were offensive.”

A day later, he was out of a job.

He has no beef with Stewart or with CNN, he insisted, although, when pressed by “GMA” anchor George Stephanopoulos, Sanchez seemed to still be chafing from ill treatment.

WATCH: Rick Sanchez on “Good Morning America”

“Is that really fair? Why is it always me?” he said, trying to account for his response on past occasions when Stewart singled him out for lampooning on “The Daily Show,” a satiric newscast.

WATCH: Jon Stewart on Rick Sanchez (Contains Adult Content)

He also referred to the “landscape” of cable-news prime-time hosts: “There’s not a single Hispanic, a single Asian-American, or a single African-American,” he said.

Sanchez, who was born in Cuba and had worked at CNN since 2004, was host of the two-hour “Rick’s List” on CNN’s afternoon lineup. He had done a prime-time version of that show in recent months but lost that time slot to a new show featuring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and columnist Kathleen Parker. It premiered Monday.

“I’m not trying to make excuses,” Sanchez summed up.

When Stephanopoulos asked if he would ever go back to CNN if given the chance, Sanchez said, “absolutely. CNN is a wonderful, wonderful organization.”

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • jtorres

    Yeah, NOW he’s sorry. After he gets fired. Otherwise there would be no apology forthcoming. If you are in the public eye, you are a target for satiric programs. And comedians and late night talk show monologues, etc. It’s part of life on TV.. He sounds like a crybaby to me. Man up, Rick.. It was just a joke

  • Josh P

    Sanchez is a fool. Why does there have to be a Black, Hispanic Asian or other type of prime-time host? Can’t the networks just choose the most talented people and let the ratings do the talking? If Rick doesn’t like the way things are in America, he can go to a Latin nation and he can be on prime time.

  • Jon Schwartz

    Why does Bloombergs only own two pairs of shoes? What if one get wet?

  • Johnny the Cop

    Rick Sanchez is my Hero. He said it like the way it is. He has nothing to apoligize for!

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