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Univision Cancels Long-Running Variety Show Sábado Gigante After 53 Years!

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This is crazy! The end of an era!!

After 53 years, Univision announced today that Sábado Gigante will end September 19. This marks the end of the longest-running television variety series in history!!

The show was known for its crazy mix of comedy sketches, wild amateur talent shows, emotional family reunions, and barely clothed dancing women!

[ Related: Univision Host Says He Was Illegally Fired Following The Michelle Obama Controversy Because He Wanted To Unionize The Station ]

It's not all bad news for host Mario Kreutzberger, known to audiences as Don Francisco. Though the 74-year-old plans to announce his departure during Saturday's show, he will stay with the network to work on talent development and occasionally host entertainment specials like TeletónUSA.

Univision declined to comment on why they made the decision to cancel the show that's been on air for over half a century.

We are so sad to say goodbye to this classic variety show that has provided generations with wacky television!

[Image via WENN.]

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Univision Host Says He Was Illegally Fired Following The Michelle Obama Controversy Because He Wanted To Unionize The Station

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This is getting crazy!

Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired for making a statement comparing Michelle Obama to a cast member from Planet of the Apes, but he says that's not why he was fired!

[ Related: Rodner Figueroa's Univision Colleagues Are Defending Him ]

According to a new lawsuit, Rodner says that the station was looking for a reason to get rid of him because he was trying to unionize the station to help Latinos there. He also claims he was illegally fired for these reasons, and that this is the reason he's being called a

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Racial Controversy! Perez Talks Empire, Raven-Symoné, & More On Access Hollywood Live!

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We were on Access Hollywood Live on Friday morning where talk got real about race!

Along with entertainment reporter Nina Parker, we talk Empire and the portrayal of minorities on TV — all minorities!

[ Related: Empire's Record-Breaking Finale Makes It The Highest Rated New Show In TEN YEARS! ]

THEN, we get into a spirited discussion about Raven-Symoné defending a man who said Michelle Obama looked like a Planet of the Apes cast member.

Do YOU agree with Perez???

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Rodner Figueroa's Univision Colleagues Are Defending Him After His Racist Michelle Obama Comments Got Him Fired!

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We were shocked when we heard Univision personality Rodner Figueroa's racist comments about Michelle Obama!

But at least two people weren't all that offended — the two that were right there when the comment was made!

[ Related: Stars Show Major Love For Kathy Griffin After She Quits Fashion Police! ]

And Figueroa's El Gordo y La Flaca co-hosts Lili Estefan and Raul de Molina are staying by his side even after his firing.

Estefan said:

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Fired Univision Star Rodner Figueroa Apologizes To Michelle Obama For Racist Remarks… But Is It Enough?

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After making racist remarks about the First Lady, one fired television personality is owning up to his awful comments… kind of.

[ Related: Kathy Griffin Exits Fashion Police ]

That's right, ex-Univision star Rodner Figueroa was on the program El Gordo y La Flaca when he said that Michelle Obama looked like a "cast member of Planet of the Apes."

Just disgusting. SRSLY! What century are we living in?!

However, Rodney has since released an apology in wich he claims that he's not a racist. Here's an excerpt of his statement that was personally addressed to Michelle:

I want to clarify that I am not racist in any way, my comment was not directed towards you, but towards the characterization of the artist, who left much to be desired. The entire video clip in context proves it.

I feel embarrassed, I apologize, because there is no excuse for a professional like me to make these type of comments that can be interpreted as offensive and racist in such volatile times in our country. I take responsibility for this lack of judgment on my part, but I cannot accept being called a racist by anyone and be dismissed as such, and publicly humiliated by Univision after 17 years in this business.

Read his full remarks in Spanish for yourself (below)!!!

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You Won't Believe What This Univision Host Said About Michelle Obama! See The Super Racist Comment — And Its Consequences HERE!

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OMG, what century do we live in?!

Someone update Univision star Rodner Figueroa's calendar to let him know, because this is some repugnant, regressive shiz!

[ Related: Kathy Griffin Totally Throws Giuliana Rancic Under The Bus Over Zendaya Comments! ]

The El Gordo y La Flaca host was commenting on a makeup artist who transformed herself into various celebs on Wednesday when Michelle Obama came up.

Figueroa said of the First Lady:

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Ricky Martin Is Joining Simon Cowell's Endeavor To Find The Ultimate Latino Boyband!!!

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Ricky Martin and Simon Cowell are joining forces to turn dreams into reality!

The Latin superstar will be serving as a judge AND an executive producer on Simon's new reality competition called La Banda. Auditions will be held all around the country looking for the ultimate Latino boyband as part of the biggest talent search in U.S Hispanic television history!!!

Boys aged 14 and over will be able to sign up to audition in a city near them. All of the audition information can be found right HERE.

[ Related: Ricky Reveals His Career-Defining Moments ]

The reality competition is set to appear on the Univision Network this September, and we can't wait to see all the talent on display!

Naturally, there will be comparisons to One Direction, who were discovered on Cowell's The X Factor U.K. But rather than attempting to ride on the coattails of 1D, La Banda is embracing an opportunity to finally get the Latino supergroup that the world hasn't seen since Ricky's Menudo days!

And we'll be able to watch each piece of the group come together on TV!

And if you're interested in possibly participating on this historic show then we've also got all the information you need right here! Check out the La Banda audition dates and the cities where everything is happening down (below)!!!

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