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Juan Williams Expands Fox News Role With New Contract; Will Host Factor Tomorrow

When one door closes, another door opens. It’s been less than a day since Juan Williams was fired by NPR, yet he’s already signed a new three-year, multi-million-dollar contract with Fox News, one that greatly expands his role there. His new home at the cable news network is a long way from the publicly broadcast NPR, but FNC Chief Roger Ailes thinks he’ll do fine. Said Ailes, “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

Since Williams’ controversial comments about Muslims on Fox News, the network has taken strides to defend him, and the sheer speed of the re-signing is likely a way to further bolster support for the journalist. The new contract is worth up to two million dollars, which, as the LA Times noted, is a considerably higher salary than NPR doles out.

In a nod to his network’s “Fair and Balanced” slogan, Ailes also spoke on Williams’ journalistic integrity: “Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997.” The new contract ensures that Williams will be doing all of his defending exclusively on Fox News, starting now: he’s slated to guest host The O’Reilly Factor tomorrow. He’ll also be appearing with Bill O’Reilly on the program tonight.

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