Fired CNN anchorman Rick Sanchez will appear live Friday on Good Morning America in his first television interview since getting sacked for making derogatory remarks about The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Sanchez, 52, was dumped by the network last Friday after calling Stewart a bigot during a satellite radio interview and also for making anti-Semitic remarks.
While GMA will be Sanchez’s first TV interview, he did grant his first print interview Thursday to the new Website RumorFix.com, saying “I did not intend to say that, but I said it — it’s my mistake.”
Sanchez also told the site, “If you screw up unintentionally, you still screwed up.
“I have to be responsible for what I do. I tell that to my kids all the time. I have to atone.”
This past Wednesday, the Cuban-born journalist issued a contrite statement through his publicist:
“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.”
Sanchez has said he personally called Stewart to apologize for his remarks.