A COLUMNIST was last night sacked by The Sunday Times over an anti-Semitic article which singled out the BBC’s best-paid female presenters Claudia Winkleman (pictured above) and Vanessa Feltz.
Editor Martin Ivens said he has apologised personally to both women for the remarks in the newspaper’s Irish edition which were ‘unacceptable’.
They were made by writer Kevin Myers in a mocking piece about the gender pay gap.
Noting the ethnic background of Ms Winkleman and Ms Feltz, Mr Myers wrote: ‘Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price, which is the most useful measure there is of inveterate, lost-with-all-hands stupidity.’
As part of his comments on pay, Mr Myers argued that men usually work harder, get sick less frequently and seldom get pregnant. He described men as ‘more charismatic’ and ‘more driven’. In previous articles, he has defined himself as a Holocaust denier.
Yesterday, Mr Ivens said: ‘[The article] has been taken down and we sincerely apologise, both for the remarks and the error of judgement that led to publication.’
Frank Fitzgibbon, editor of The Sunday Times Ireland, said: ‘This newspaper abhors anti-Semitism and did not intend to cause offence to Jewish people.’
The Campaign Against Antisemitism branded the column ‘utterly vile’.
A News UK spokesman confirmed that Mr Myers would not be writing for the newspaper again.