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Juan Williams Fires Back at NPR Over Firing

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Juan Williams, who was fired from his job at NPR after comments he made on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor this week regarding Muslims, fired back at the radio station on Friday while guest hosting The O'Reilly Factor.

"My comments about my feelings supposedly crossed this line, some line, somewhere. That crossed the line?" Williams said. "Let me tell you what you can say on National Public Radio without losing your job."

He then mentioned Nina Totenberg's comments on NPR in 1995, when she stated that if there were "retributive justice," former Republican North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms or one of his grandchildren will get AIDS from a transfusion.

Conservative leaders including Sarah Palin have called to cut off NPR's funding in the wake of the controversy. According to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller has stated that management was standing by its decision to fire Williams. Since his termination, Williams has been hired full-time at Fox News in a reported $2 million, three year deal.

Williams told ABC News in an exclusive interview Friday that his firing, for saying Muslims on planes make him "nervous," was the result of a personal and politically motivated vendetta which the veteran newsman described as "vindictive."

Williams hasn't apologized for his remarks, insisting instead they were part of a longer conversation his NPR bosses took out of context.

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