Juan Williams is the Democratic voice on Fox News‘ 5 p.m. ET show The Five, alongside Bob Beckel. Williams has been at Fox News since 1997 and also contributes to Fox News Sunday and Special Report with Bret Baier.
Williams also served as a senior news analyst at NPR from 1999 to 2010. He also worked for the Washington Post for 23 years, covering presidential elections from 1980 to 2000. He also has an Emmy for the 1988 documentary Eyes on the Prize. You can follow Williams on Twitter here.
Here’s a look at Williams’ life and career.
1. Williams Has Been Married to Delise Williams Since 1978 & Has 3 Children
Williams has been married to Delise Williams since 1978. They have three children: daughter Ragan Williams Herlad and sons Antonio and Raphael. According to Newsmax, Susan is a former social worker, whose father was a doctor.
A 2009 NPR interview between Williams and Regan revealed that she was expecting Williams’ first grandchild at the time.
“I’m kind of hoping that my child gets a lot of you,” Regan said on NPR. “I think that you’re dedication in the way that you’ve pushed through, being black and having the goals that you have and your dreams and the way you’ve succeeded. I hope my child has that sense of motivation and drive.”
It turns out that Regan was actually pregnant with twins. The girls were named Pepper and Wesley.
Antonio ‘Tony’ Williams is on the other end of the political spectrum, as a Republican. As The Hill reported back in 2006, Tony went into politics, working as an intern for Senator Strom Thurmond in 1996 and 1997. He was also a speechwriter for Senator Norm Coleman and ran an unsuccessful Council of the District of Columbia campaign.
2. Sean Hannity Once Pointed a Gun at Williams, but in a ‘Professional & Safe Manner,’ Hannity Claims
On March 16, CNN reported that Sean Hannity once “pulled a gun” on Williams in 2016 after an on-air argument. Three sources told CNN that Hannity pointed the gun right at Williams, even turning on the laser light. The sources said that Hannity was “just showing off,” but Williams was still disturbed by the scene.
Hannity later sent a statement to the Los Angeles Times, confirming that there was an incident, but he never pointed the firearm at his “good friend” Williams.
“While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only,” Hannity told the LA Times. “Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I’ve had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting.”
Williams himself also said that the incident was “being sensationalized,” adding, “Everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way. It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”
CNN stood by the reporting, though. “Our reporter contacted Fox News and Juan Williams before publishing and he included their statements in his piece,” a spokesman told the LA Times. “He also reported that Fox News deemed the incident worthy of a thorough investigation by its HR and Legal departments. A network spokesperson confirmed these facts.”
3. Williams Left NPR After Telling Bill O’Reilly He Gets ‘Nervous’ When Seeing Muslims on a Plane
Williams’ departure from National Public Radio in 2010 was not without controversy. On October 21, 2010, NPR announced that it was ending his contract three days after he told Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor that he gets “worried” and “nervous” when he sees a Muslim on a plane.
“Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” Williams said. “You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the 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 the exact same day his NPR contract was terminated, The Tribune Washington Bureau reported that then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes offered Williams a three-year, $2 million salary.
“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement to the Tribune. “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”
Almost a year after the NPR situation, and just as Williams was releasing his book Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, his wife Susan told Newsmax that, “The NPR people were hypocrites because they are supposed to be the liberals who are accepting of all kinds of people and inclusive, and they were the most exclusive group in my experience of going to events related to work that I have ever seen.”
4. Williams Apologized to Washington Post Female Employees Who Accused Him of Sexual Harassment
In 1991, Williams defended then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. According to the American Journalism Review, the Washington Post then dragged its feet on reporting that female staffers at the paper had accused Williams himself of sexual harassment. After a local NBC affiliate reported on the allegations, the Post finally reported on it.
In November 1991, The Washington Post reported that Williams wrote an open letter to the newsroom, apologizing for his conduct. Before the letter was published, Williams worked out of the office for two weeks. According to the Post, seven women said that Williams made sexually explicit comments to them over several years.
“It pained me to learn during the investigation that I had offended some of you,” Williams wrote. “I have said so repeatedly in the last few weeks, and repeat here: some of my verbal conduct was wrong, I now know that, and I extend my sincerest apology to those whom I offended. I have committed to Post management, and I commit to you — and to myself — to change my ways.”
When Roger Ailes was accused of sexual harassment, Brietbart reported that Williams was one of 50 Fox News contributors who were willing to leave if Ailes was ousted. Ailes did resign, but Williams remains at the network.
Another, more recent controversy Williams faced came in 2013, when he was accused of plagiarizing the Center for American Progress in his columns for The Hill. Williams continues to write for the site.
5. Williams Has an Estimated Net Worth of $2 Million
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Williams has an estimated net worth of $2 million. The three-year, $2 million contract he signed after NPR let him go expired in 2013. Williams is still at Fox News, even after Bob Beckel returned in January.
As Mediate noted on March 20, Williams argued with his Five co-hosts about trying to “distract” their audience from the big news that FBI Director James Comey told Congress that the FBI had no evidence of President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims. “You are trying to divert America’s attention from the news of the day and the reality of what’s going on,” Williams told them.