The comedian proposed the idea on Monday's Daily Show, when he addressed for the first time Sanchez's firing from CNN. The dismissed Rick's List host was let go Friday after a radio interview in which he called Stewart a "bigot" and suggested that Jews run many major media outlets.
Stewart said he was disappointed Friday by the timing: "Now I'm angry because I realize I don't get back on the air until Monday, and there is no way this cat survives the weekend at CNN," he said. "It's one of those days where I'm thinking, 'Why don't we tape on Fridays?'"
Stewart said his show was planning a bit comparing Sanchez to Steve Carell's Michael Scott on The Office, but decided it would be too harsh to air it after Sanchez was axed. Still, he couldn't resist giving viewers a peek at the segment, which featured clips of Sanchez and Scott saying and doing very similar things.
"[Steve] Carell is leaving The Office, NBC is looking to replace him," Stewart said. "Sanchez is available!"
The segment ended on a conciliatory note, with Stewart saying he believes Sanchez has "probably got a good heart."
Sanchez's wife, Suzanne, wrote on her Facebook wall that her husband and Stewart spoke about the incident Monday night.
"rick apologized to jon stewart today.they had a good talk. jon was gracious and called rick, 'thin-skinned.' he's right," she wrote. "He deeply apologizes to anyone who was offended by his unintended comments."
Watch the segment below.
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