SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The producer of a popular news and gossip show in Puerto Rico that features a puppet has reportedly resigned, local media outlets reported Wednesday.
The apparent resignation of comedian Antulio "Kobbo" Santarrosa comes a month after the puppet, known as La Comay, made controversial comments about a publicist who was slain in November.
WAPA TV spokeswoman Migdaliz Ortiz declined to comment but said the station would soon issue a statement.
The puppet on Dec. 4 questioned why the victim, who was set on fire and beaten to death, was on a street known for its drugs and prostitutes and whether the man "was asking for this" by being there.
Shortly afterward, more than 73,800 people joined a Facebook page demanding that the "SuperXclusivo" show be taken off the air. Several companies withdrew their sponsorship of the program, which has angered many people because of its sensationalist style and derogatory comments about women and gays.
In late December, WAPA President Joe Ramos said the program would be prerecorded.
On Wednesday, WAPA broadcast a movie during the show's usual time slot.