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Juan Williams Lands Fox News Contract

After getting fired from NPR, Juan Williams nabs a three-year, $2 million contract from Fox News.

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



) -- Juan Williams has been welcomed with open arms by

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Fox News.

Williams has signed a three-year, $2 million contract with Fox News. He will also be a guest host of

The O'Reilly Factor

on Friday nights.

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


"Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years and we did not make this decision lightly or without regret," NPR said on Wednesday. "His remarks on

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this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."

Juan Williams: Was NPR Right to Fire Him?

Last week O'Reilly appeared 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.

This week O'Reilly brought Williams on as a guest to discuss his controversial appearance on ABC.

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

Williams, 56, 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 ombudsman Alicia Shepard has pointed out that Williams has a tendency to speak one way on NPR and another way on Fox, which is owned by

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"Williams is controversial among NPR listeners because of his long-standing contract with Fox News, which he had before he joined NPR," she said in a February 2009 article. "Last year, 378 listeners emailed me complaints and frustrations about things Williams said on Fox."

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

On Friday morning Williams appeared on ABC's 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.

George Stephanopoulos congratulated Williams on his new contract with Fox News, which has given him a new three-year, $2 million contract. He will also be a guest host of

The O'Reilly Factor

on Friday nights.

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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