London (CNN)The editors of London's Sunday Times and the newspaper's Irish edition have apologized after publishing an article Sunday suggesting that two well-known British TV and radio presenters were paid more than other women because they were Jewish.
UK's Sunday Times deletes 'anti-Semitic' article after backlash
The column by journalist Kevin Myers, about the public broadcaster BBC and an ongoing debate about gender pay equality there, has since been taken off both publications' websites.
"I note that the two best-paid women presenters in the BBC -- Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, with whose, no doubt, sterling work I am tragically unacquainted -- are Jewish," it read.
"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. I wonder, who are their agents?"
Winkelman is the TV host of the immensely popular "Strictly Come Dancing" and Feltz is a morning radio chat show host.
Myer's article also suggested that male TV presenters are better-paid because they "usually work harder, get sick less frequently and seldom get pregnant."
The article, headlined "Sorry ladies, equal pay has to be earned," was attacked for being anti-Semitic as well as sexist, and Jewish organizations in the UK immediately complained.
"The comments in a column by Kevin Myers in today's Irish edition of the Sunday Times were unacceptable and should not have been published. It has been taken down and we sincerely apologize both for the remarks and the error of judgment that led to publication," Martin Ivens, editor of the Sunday Times, said in a statement.