Univision host fired for 'Planet of the Apes' Michelle Obama remark

Rodner Figueroa accepts the award for outstanding daytime talent in Spanish for "El Gordo y la Flaca"€ at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Rodner Figueroa accepts the award for outstanding daytime talent in Spanish for "El Gordo y la Flaca"€ at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

A popular Univision talk show host has been fired for making derogatory comments about Michelle Obama during a popular television show; the comments were widely circulated on social media.

On the Univision show "El Gordo Y la Flaca," Emmy award-winning host Rodner Figueroa said, "You know Michelle Obama looks like she is of the cast of "The Planet Of The Apes," pointing to a picture of the First Lady. The exchange took place during a segment on makeup transformations by a makeup artist, Paolo Ballesteros, who makes himself look like famous women celebrities.

Univision fired Figueroa; an executive told "People En Español" there was no place for racist comments in the network. Figueroa is also the host of another Univision show, "Sal Y Pimienta."

This story originally appeared on NBC News.com