I know we’re way past the Rick Sanchez/Jon Stewart debacle by now, but since there has been a lot of mocking of the axed CNN anchor in the past few days, it’s only fair to also hear from him. Sanchez today broke his silence with a public apology. It came a week after his radio rant that got him in hot water and was in writing, proving that it’s much smarter to write things down and sleep on them. Also today, Sanchez’s former uber-boss, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, told Fox News that rehiring Sanchez at CNN one day was a possibility. Yeah, right. Here is Sanchez’s  statement:

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.