In a letter to Univision that was obtained by TMZ, Figueroa’s lawyer Marty Singer blasted the channel while accusing it of using a phony excuse to terminate his client. The excuse in question involved a formal complaint filed by First Lady Michelle Obama’s office in response to Figueroa saying Obama looked like someone from the cast of “Planet of the Apes.”
According to Singer, the excuse is a lie. The White House never called about Figueroa. Singer goes on to say Figueroa’s dismissal was related more to the former “El Gordo y la Flaca” host’s desire to unionize Univision, an effort the network wasn’t down with.
As a result, Univision used Figueroa’s comments against him as a convenient way to get rid of him and destroy his career, Singer claims.
Since the situation surfaced, Rodner, who is a gay biracial Latino, has insisted that he was referring to a makeup artist’s work instead of Mrs. Obama when he made his comment.
At the end of his letter, Singer evokes memories of Rosa Parks, saying , “Make no mistake, despite Univision’s best efforts, Latino talent will not be forced to ‘sit in the back of the bus’ any longer.”
TMZ notes that Singer is demanding that “Univision rehire Rodner and make a public apology … or else.”