Thomas was the longest-serving White House journalist.
Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas has retired effective immediately, Hearst Corporation said Monday.
The media conglomerate had employed Thomas as a syndicated columnist for its newspaper chain. Her retirement comes amid a furor created last week by her controversial comments regarding Jewish people.
In a posting on her website on Friday, Thomas apologized for her remarks. "They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon," she wrote.
But the apology was not enough to silence critics, who began a rising chorus of calls for Thomas to be either terminated or suspended by Hearst.
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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just commented on Helen Thomas' controversial comments about Israeli Jews:
Those remarks were offensive and reprehensible. I think she should and has apologized because obviously those remarks are - do not reflect the - certainly the opinion of, I assume, most of the people in here and certainly not of the administration.
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