Rodner Figueroa, the Univision television personality who once anchored celebrity gossip show “Sal y Pimiento,” landed a new TV gig. This comes two and a half years after he was fired for an on-air comment equating First Lady Michelle Obama with “someone from the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes.‘”
Last week Figueroa joined the cast of “Al Rojo Vivo,” Telemundo’s news magazine show hosted by celebrated journalist Maria Celeste Arrarrás. Figueroa broke his silence about the incident in an exclusive interview with Arrarrás that aired in May.
Figueroa announced that he was joining the ARV team on Oct. 4.
“I want to share with you this news that fills me with joy,” he stated on his Instagram. “I am joining the family of Al Rojo Vivo with my beloved Maria Celeste Arrarras on Telemundo. Thank you for the affection and we will see each other every day at 4 p.m. You know where to find me.”
Quiero compartir con ustedes esta noticia que me llena de mucha alegría!!! Me integro a la familia de @alrojovivo con mi querida amiga @mariacelestearraras en @telemundo Les doy las gracias a todos por su cariño. Los extrañaba y ya nos vamos a ver a diario a las 4pm. Ya saben donde encontrarme. #alrojovivo #telemundo #rodnerfigueroa
In his promo for Telemundo, Figueroa exclaims, “I am coming back with the freedom to be myself.”
Figueroa made his controversial comment back in March of 2015. The network immediately axed him. He sent an apology to FLOTUS, explaining that he was quoting someone else when he made the comment.
“I offer my sincerest apologies for a comment that I made about the characterization a make-up artist made about you in the Univision entertainment program ‘El Gordo y La Flaca.’ I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and my comment wasn’t directed personally to you, but to the characterization of the artist, that left a lot to be desired. The clip in full context is proof.”
In his interview with Arrarrás, Figueroa said that he spent the past two years working on his foundation to help the poor in his native Venezuela. He also reflected on how he had been managing his career.
“It’s been a year of finding myself and redesigning my future.”