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Juan Williams: Was NPR Right to Fire Him?

Juan Williams is fired from NPR after telling Bill O'Reilly that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb at the airport.

(Juan Williams poll updated with information from his appearance on Good Morning America on Friday.)

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Juan Williams was fired from National Public Radio after he said he gets "nervous" if he sees "people who are in Muslim garb" at the airport.

"I have a moment of anxiety or fear given what happened on 9/11. That's just a reality," he told Bill O'Reilly on Monday when he appeared as a guest on Fox's

The O'Reilly Factor

.

O'Reilly brought Williams on his show on Monday to discuss his own appearance on ABC's

The View

during which Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set to protest his remark that Muslims were directly responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

"Where am I going wrong here, Juan?" O'Reilly asked Williams on his show.

>>Juan Williams Lands Fox News Contract

Williams responded, "I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a 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. I get nervous."

He also said that not everyone in a religious group should be considered an extremist, but the controversial comment did not sit well with NPR.

NPR released a statement on Wednesday explaining that it terminated Williams' contract as an NPR news analyst

"His remarks on The O'Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR," the statement said.

On Thursday NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Williams told an audience at the Atlanta Press Club that Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and "his psychiatrist or his publicist." She later apologized for the comment.

On Friday morning, Williams appeared on ABC's

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Good Morning America

to discuss the controversy. He said he believes that the network's CEO comments were a personal attack because she lacked a good reason or argument as to why he was fired.

GMA host George Stephanopoulos also congratulated Williams on his new contract with Fox News, which will give him $2 million over three years. He will also be a guest host of

The O'Reilly Factor

on Friday nights.

Now we'd like to know what you think. Did Juan Williams deserve to lose his job over his comments about Muslims on O'Reilly's show? Take our poll, and see what other readers of

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