CNN just overhauled its executive roster. Their on-air lineup may be about to change again, too. Mediaite reports on what looks like a career flameout by host Rick Sanchez, who claims that his network is run by people who are a lot like Jon Stewart, and by that he doesn’t mean hip comedians with subtle facial nuances. Sanchez made the remarks in an interview with Pete Dominick on his satellite radio show yesterday, starting off by alleging that Stewart was, in fact, a bigot:
Dominick: How is he a bigot?
Sanchez: I think he looks at the world through, his mom, who was a school teacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that. Great, I’m so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine.
Dominick: What group is he bigoted towards?
Sanchez: Everybody else who’s not like him. Look at his show, I mean, what does he surround himself with?
Dominick then points out that Stewart is a member of a minority himself, and Sanchez self-immolates:
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.
Steve Krakauer notes that this will be rather uncomfortable around CNN HQ, for a couple of reasons:
A few other things: Sanchez ended his 8pmET version of Rick’s List today, and Parker Spitzer come in Monday. According to the same blog post, Dominick is starting a weekly Saturday 2:30pmET show on CNN tomorrow. We’ll get the audio up here shortly, but you can listen on Dominick’s site. And finally, we’ve reached out to CNN for a response.
It is not hard to imagine there may be a significant response. It should also be noted that this is the end of week one for a new boss at CNN, Ken Jautz.
Talk about biting the hand that feeds him! CNN has been rather patient with Sanchez, who hasn’t exactly produced blockbuster numbers. He’s certainly produced his share of embarrassing moments, however, and whoever runs the show at CNN has kept Sanchez on the air through it all.
That may change shortly, of course.