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Rick Sanchez Apologizes, Will Continue Promoting Book, Says “No Hard Feelings” With CNN

Rick Sanchez has released a statement today, apologizing for the comments he made last week that got him fired from CNN.

He also says he will continue promoting his book, and there are “no hard feelings” with CNN.

“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,” he said in the statement, which included an apology and a shout-out to Jon Stewart. He also says there are “no hard feelings” between he and CNN.

Sanchez will continue his book tour “in the hopes of broadening the discussion to get a better understanding between all Americans, regardless of race, creed or religion.” We’re checking to find where the book tour goes next. In theory, he could conceivably show up on Fox News or MSNBC at this point.

Here’s the full statement, via Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times:

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.

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