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How Do You Replace Steve Carell on "The Office"? How About Rick Sanchez?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 5, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 5, 2010 |

In case you were living under Rick Sanchez’s undercarriage over the weekend, you probably heard about CNN firing him for calling Jon Stewart a bigot and suggesting that the media is run by Jews. Steven even wrote eloquently about it yesterday. The comments occurred on a Thursday, and Sanchez was fired on Friday, and we all had to spend the entire weekend waiting to see how “The Daily Show” would handle it.

As you’d expect, Stewart handled it with humor, a little self-deprecation, and a lot of good-humored restraint (limiting himself to only one Dirty Sanchez joke). Hell, he even threw Sanchez a bone at the end of the segment, conceding that Sanchez is likely not a bigot so much as a guy who is too dumb to know what he’s saying. But the best part? The spot-on bit comparing “The Office’s” Michael Scott to Sanchez.

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As a follow-up to this, we have also learned from The Wrap that Rick Sanchez, whose wife blamed the rant on the “exhaustion” of spending three hours on air a day, has apologized personally to Jon Stewart. In fact, he did so before last night’s “The Daily Show” aired. Stewart was apparently gracious, and called Sanchez “thin-skinned.”

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