Speaking to the veteran presenter Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio One, Mr. Myers said that “my Jewish audience will understand that I am a great admirer of the Jewish people.”

“I think they are the most gifted people that has ever existed on this planet and civilization owes an enormous debt to them,” he said.

Asked what he would say to the BBC presenters he named in his column, Mr. Myers said:

“I am very, very sorry. And I really mean it, I’m not rescuing anything, because it’s over for me professionally as far as I can see. I am very, very sorry that I should have so offended them.”

He said, “I uttered those words out of respect for the religion from which they come, and for the religion that I still hold in high regard, particularly the Irish members of that religion.”

Mr. Myers also rejected widespread allegations that he was misogynistic, saying: “I am a critic of political feminism. I am not a misogynist.”

Mr. Myers said that he believed five or six people would have seen his article before it was published, but that he did not want anyone punished for letting it go through.

“You know Homer nods and everyone nods,” he said. “And just on this particular day, Friday, Saturday, a number of people nodded on duty and let something through that shouldn’t have got through. And it did get through. But I am the author of this.”

He said he understood why he had been terminated. But, he said: “The manner in which I was disposed of was, I think, wrong. I think it could have been done more gently, and I think I could have been dealt with more dignity.”

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