Rick Sanchez gave his first interview following his firing from CNN to ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday--and the former anchor didn't waste any time apologizing for his comments about Jon Stewart and Jews.
"I screwed up," he told "GMA" co-host George Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos asked him what had led him to call Stewart a "bigot" and say everyone who ran CNN was "a lot like" the "Daily Show" host on a Sirius XM satellite radio show last week. Sanchez blamed the scandal on fatigue:
"I was tired, I'd been working fourteen hour days for like two-and-a-half months, I was doing three shows, I was exhausted, it was right after the show, 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."
Sanchez stressed that his comments were not meant to be anti-Semitic, but said he went into the interview "with a chip on my shoulder" about the fact that no people of color were hosting prime time cable news shows.
"I was feeling a little bit put out, and I was feeling a little sensitve, and I was looking at the landscape...and I externalized the problem and I put it on Jon Stewart's shoulders, and I was wrong to do that," he said, though he also admitted that he felt Stewart had essentially called him stupid when he mocked him on "The Daily Show."
The interview capped off a week of contrition from Sanchez. On Wednesday, he released a statement saying that he had apologized to Stewart personally in a telephone call.