Brian Williams Leaving NBC Nightly News For “Several Days” Amid Controversy
Brian Williams has announced that he’s taking a brief hiatus from anchoring duties on “NBC Nightly News.” The decision comes as the anchor finds himself in a firestorm of criticism following his admission that a story he’s repeated for more than a decade, about supposedly coming under attack while in a helicopter in Iraq in 2003, is not true.
In a memo to NBC News staffers on Saturday, Williams wrote, “In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.”
“As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue,” continued Williams. “Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”
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