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Rick Sanchez Apologizes To Jon Stewart, Says He Was 'Tired'

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Oct. 6 2010, Published 6:30 a.m. ET

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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 :

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"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.

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“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."

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