(Original post by dazmanultra)
Of course he is racist, he is basing his views of Arabs in general on a minority's actions. He is tarring all Arabs/Muslims with the same brush.
What if somebody had come out and said something about black people? Would people be so quick to defend his views then? It seems it's OK/popular to bash Muslims these days.... I'm glad the BBC have done what they have done.
In a statement, Mr Kilroy-Silk said: "I greatly regret the offence which has been caused by the article published in last weekend's Sunday Express.
It has obviously caused great distress and offence and I can only reiterate that I very deeply regret that
"The article contains a couple of obvious factual errors which I also regret."
Mr Kilroy-Silk said the article had not prompted such an outcry the first time it was published, adding it was "not what I would have said today".
"It was originally written as a response to the views of opponents to the war in Iraq that Arab States 'loathe' the West and my piece referred to 'Arab States' rather than 'Arabs'," he said.
"Out of that context, it has obviously caused great distress and offence and I can only reiterate that I very deeply regret that."
BBC media correspondent Nick Higham said the Sunday Express had accused the BBC of overreacting and gagging free speech.
The Sunday Express is quoted in Saturday's Daily Express as saying: "The article was not racist. It was legalled by lawyers and there is absolutely no case to answer."
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) described the piece written by the discussion show host in last week's Sunday Express as a "gratuitous anti-Arab rant".
Mr Kilroy-Silk's article included comments saying the toppling of despotic regimes in the Middle East should be a war aim, and questioned the contribution of the Arab nations to world welfare and civilisation.
He said Arabs "murdered more than 3,000 civilians on 11 September" and then "danced in the streets" to celebrate.
I certainly think he's entitled to his opinions
Perry de Havilland
The MCB secretary general Iqbal Sacranie praised the BBC for "taking the matter seriously".
Earlier, he wrote in a letter to BBC One controller Lorraine Heggessey that Mr Kilroy-Silk had failed to distinguish between the terrorists behind the 11 September attacks and 200 million "ordinary Arab peoples".
Mr Sacranie condemned the "bigoted and ill-informed ideas" in the piece, which he said was "ignorant, extremely derogatory and indisputably racist".
The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) reported the matter to the police.
CRE chairman Trevor Phillips commended the BBC for taking swift action on the matter.
He said: "It is unbelievable. It's not just what he says, but the way he says it, which is completely offensive, and the level of ignorance he shows."
TV host defended
But Perry de Havilland of the Libertarian Alliance defended the television host's right to free speech.
He told BBC News: "Blackening everyone in an entire civilisation is intemperate, to put it mildly.
"But I certainly think he's entitled to his opinions and I don't see why he's been whipped from pillar to post for it."
He said anti-American views expressed by newspaper columnists did not prompt as much uproar.
BBC Breakfast will continue for an extra half hour on BBC One, to 0930 GMT, while Kilroy is off air.
Mr Kilroy-Silk owns the company that makes the programme