Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has issued a public apology to Jon Stewart and “anyone else” he offended.
Sanchez was dumped by the network after calling Stewart a bigot during a satellite radio interview and also making anti-Semitic remarks. He did not directly address his comments about Jews running the media in the apology he released Wednesday.
Here is the full statement he released through a publicist, courtesy of tampabay.com:
“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.”