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Rick Sanchez was fired one day after he had called comedian Jon Stewart a "bigot" during a radio interview on Sept. 30.
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updated 10/8/2010 10:13:40 AM ET 2010-10-08T14:13:40

Rick Sanchez didn't mince any words. He said he was wrong and he screwed up.

Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" a week after being fired from his hosting job at CNN, Sanchez apologized Friday for his slams at CNN and at Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, whom he had called a "bigot."

Those remarks were aired on a radio program on Sept. 30.

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Sanchez explained that he was tired when he made the radio appearance, and that "my daughter had a softball game I desperately wanted to go to, and I was a little impatient. I said some things I shouldn't have said. They were wrong. Not only were they wrong, they were offensive."

A day later, he was out of a job.

He has no beef with Stewart or with CNN, he insisted, although, when pressed by "GMA" anchor George Stephanopoulos, Sanchez seemed to still be chafing from ill treatment.

"Is that really fair? Why is it always me?" he said, trying to account for his response on past occasions when Stewart singled him out for lampooning on "The Daily Show," a satiric newscast.

He also referred to the "landscape" of cable-news prime-time hosts: "There's not a single Hispanic, a single Asian-American, or a single African-American," he said.

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 to a new show featuring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and columnist Kathleen Parker. It premiered Monday.

"I'm not trying to make excuses," Sanchez summed up.

When Stephanopoulos asked if he would ever go back to CNN if given the chance, Sanchez said, "absolutely. CNN is a wonderful, wonderful organization. CNN didn't screw up. Rick Sanchez screwed up."

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Video: Rick Sanchez as Office's Michael Scott

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    >>> let's huddle up around the water cooler . time is counting down. i don't know what the hour is exactly. t.j., do we have the clock? it is 1:62. that looks like a lot of time to get the book. it's not. it's one week from today. go ahead and preorder sales. do yourself a favor.

    >>> we're going to go to the cooler where jon stewart has his first crack at rick sanchez . sanchez was let go last week after comments he made in a radio interview. in that same interview, he called jon stewart a bigot for always mocking sanchez . well, jon stewart got his first chance to respond to sanchez on tv.

    >> what up with you? what up? social media makes our world circular.

    >> anyone in the world can write anything they want.

    >> everybody is engaged with conversation.

    >> it's the boss's chair and you're sitting in it.

    >> surprise! it's a joke. we were joking around.

    >> hey, michael.

    >> maybe we should get it embroidered or something.

    >> okay. dig this. i dig you. tmi, my friend. tmi? too much information.

    >> tmi, right?

    >> that means too much information?

    >> jon stewart is suggesting since steve core rel is leaving the office, rick sanchez would make a perfect fill in. rick sanchez pretty much did this to himself with that interview last week.

    >> oh! oh! it hurts.

    >> that never gets old, does it? one more for you here. "60 minutes" and vanity fair out with a random poll of questions. who are you most surprised is still alive? 49% say they're surprised osama bin laden is still alive. only one in five were stunned to hear that ozzy osbourne is still alive. keith richards , same thing. how could he still be alive? he defies everything we know about modern mother and the human body . how about the most eligible single woman? anniston, 30%. we'll give you that. elin nordegren , 15%. how about betty white over lady gaga ? it's been a hot year for betty white . 6% hotter.

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