NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart gleefully struck back Monday night at the former CNN host who was fired after calling him a bigot.

In his opening spot on “The Daily Show,” Stewart told his Comedy Central audience that, after taping last Thursday’s edition, he had heard Rick Sanchez interviewed on a radio program.

“I think Jon Stewart’s a bigot,” Sanchez was heard declaring in the taped replay.

“Omigod!” Stewart glowed from his anchor desk. “Rick Sanchez knows my name!”

Stewart replayed another excerpt from the radio interview where Sanchez sneered, “I’m so glad that (Stewart) grew up in a suburban middle-class New Jersey home with everything that you could ever imagine.”

Grinning slyly, Stewart said Sanchez “really nailed what it was like growing up in central Jersey in the early ’70s, the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field.”

Then, after playing back the portion of the interview where Sanchez questioned whether Jews should be considered an oppressed minority, Stewart, who is Jewish, acknowledged that had made him angry. He was angry, he explained, because “The Daily Show,” which doesn’t tape on Fridays, couldn’t make sport of Sanchez’s outbursts until Monday — “and there’s no way this cat survives the weekend at CNN.”

Stewart was right, of course. By Friday afternoon, CNN had announced Sanchez was “no longer with the company.”

Sanchez, who was born in Cuba and had worked at CNN since 2004, was host of the two-hour “Rick’s List” on CNN’s afternoon lineup.

He had done a prime-time version of that show in recent months but lost that time slot as CNN prepared to launch a new show featuring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and columnist Kathleen Parker.

It premiered Monday.

Several times in the past, Stewart had poked fun on the air at Sanchez and what Stewart called “his extremely pokeable show.”

Another poke on Monday: Stewart played cleverly edited clips of Steve Carell as foolish boss Michael Scott from “The Office” interspersed with strikingly similar real-life clips of Sanchez chatting up CNN co-workers.

“Carell is leaving ‘The Office’ (after this season), NBC is looking to replace him,” trilled Stewart. “Sanchez is available!”

Comments (7)
  1. A Pendejo says:

    Jon Stewart is not a reporter
    He’s a comedian satirizing the news
    promoting and attacking politicians
    and Rick Sanchez paid the price, giving
    his opinion, his right of free speech taken away

    1. Duh! says:

      Mr. Sanchez’s right to free speech was not taken away.
      He was not censored in any way.
      He was not told he could not say what he said.
      He was not taken to jail or executed for what he said (which happens in his country of birth).
      In no way was he prevented from speaking.

    2. Big P says:

      RE: A Pendejo

      Rick Sanchez did not have his right of free speech taken away, he is free to say whatever he wants, his employer has the right to hire/fire whomever they want…he is just not getting paid for his right of free speech!!!

    3. CC says:

      He hasn’t had his free speech taken away. He has only had his platform taken away. You play you pay. Game over and the real News world is better off.

  2. ginny25 says:

    Whatever happened to civility and respect for people? Somewhere along the line we have lost it completely. Now allwe see/hear is dirt, foul language and inuendo.

  3. jon says:

    what is wrong with what Rich Sanchez said ?
    So if Jew control this nation ? can’t we just be honest wihthout being penalized ? I have befriended all types of ethnicity, I am not a racist, but I believe I have a right to state the fact

  4. Jose Carlos says:

    There is certanly a bias in favor of jews in america, wich is ovious because they own the networks; I can live with that, but a cannot say the same about there intolerance.