LOS ANGELES - Fired CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez broke his silence Wednesday, apologizing in a statement for his "inartful comments."
Sanchez had called Comedy Central's Jon Stewart a bigot and suggested that Jewish people shouldn't be considered a minority in media.
He said Wednesday that he had a "very good conversation" with Stewart on Monday, during which he apologized, and he now wanted to extend the apology to others who were offended.
The statement came a day after news that Sanchez's wife had mentioned on her Facebook page that Sanchez had apologized to Stewart.
In addition, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes addressed the termination of Sanchez in an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday. He was gracious toward Sanchez and implied that he could even return one day to the company. "He did a lot of good work for CNN, and anything is possible."
Sanchez's full statement follows.
"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.
"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." (please visit our entertainment blog via www.reuters.com or on http://blogs.reuters.com/fanfare/)
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