Fired NPR news analyst Juan Williams slammed his former employer Sunday, saying it had engaged in "character assassination" against him and calling comments from the company's president about him "despicable."

"To get fired obviously is no pleasure," Williams said Sunday on Fox News. "But then to be called a bigot and the innuendo that I'm somehow unstable was, I thought, despicable."

Following his firing after telling Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that he feels nervous when he sees people with Muslim garb on planes, NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller said that Williams' "feelings that he expressed on Fox News are really between him and his psychiatrist... but it is not compatible with the role of a news analyst on NPR's air."

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