Annie Barrett
October 21, 2010 AT 04:14 PM EDT

National Public Radio news analyst Juan Williams, 56, has been fired following his appearance on Monday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, during which Williams insinuated that airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats. Williams told Bill O’Reilly on-air, “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.” On Wednesday, NPR issued a statement saying Williams’ remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

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