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NEW YORK  — 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.

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