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Telemundo hires Figueroa as entertainment reporter

Rodner FigueroaRodner Figueroa is getting another chance in the TV business.

More than two years after Univision fired him over racist comments about first lady Michelle Obama, the fashion commentator and TV host has been hired at Telemundo.

He’ll join “Al Rojo Vivo” as an entertainment reporter, starting next Monday, October 8.

Figueroa has already taped a promo announcing his return to TV, which has aired on Telemundo network and has been shared on his social media platforms.

After his firing in 2015, Figueroa wrote an open letter apologizing to the First Lady for comments he said were taken out of context. In the letter, he accepts responsibility for his “lack of judgment,” but insisted he could not “accept being called a racist by anyone,” because his own father is Afro-Latino.

Prior to joining Univision, where he worked for 17 years, Figueroa worked as a production assistant and producer at Telemundo.

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5 Responses to “Telemundo hires Figueroa as entertainment reporter”

  1. JuanitaFisherIsland says:

    Y ya se le bajaron los humitos al chamito?
    Telemundo no es Univisión papito.
    Ya que te fue mal con la Michelle, ni menciones a la Melania por favor.
    Tu trabajo, tranquilito, sin pisar a otros.

  2. Alberto says:

    “Taken out of context”?!? The worst part is that he never owned up to his blatant display of prejudice and racism. He was arrogant as a PA in Telemundo, as a Fashionista in Univision, and will be the same in Al Rojo Vivo…
    The only other person rejoicing may be Billy Bush, as he hopes someone gives him another shot!

  3. James says:

    La industria está llena de arrogantes y prepotentes… Se le dio una oportunida y ya… Que la aproveche

  4. Mari says:

    Uff, que horrible! No entiendo porque Telemundo sigue recojiendo la “basura” de Univision. En lo personal, no me gusta su estilo de presentar. No lo mire en Univision mas que por momentos, asi que en Telemundo en Al Rojo Vivo no lo veremos para nada. Y si eso significa dejar de ver el programa con Maria Celeste, asi sera. No veremos mas el programa!!!

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.
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