Juan Williams: Fired by NPR, Hired by Fox News

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NPR reporter Juan Williams found himself caught up in quite a controversy this week. After appearing on The O'Reilly Factor, Williams was hit with fierce media backlash for what many considered to be bigoted commentary he made regarding Muslims.

While Williams chatted with Bill O'Reilly about the Fox News commentator's recent appearance on The View in which he asserted that “Muslims killed us on 9/11,” (prompting cohosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set), Williams surprisingly backed O'Reilly's hateful rhetoric.

"When I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried," admitted Williams. "I get nervous."

Williams was immediately dismissed from his position as a reporter with National Public Radio and embraced by the Fox News team which claimed that his first amendment rights had been violated. Since his firing, Williams has been offered a three year, $2 million deal with Fox News and will be guest hosting The O'Reilly Factor this Friday. But Williams has also acknowledged the error of his ways, telling George Stephanopolous, "I don’t say I want to discriminate against these people, no such thing occurs. So to me, it was admitting that I have this notion, this feeling in the immediate moment."

Watch the interview below:


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