Brian Williams to Break Silence on NBC Suspension, to Colleague Matt Lauer

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With his exit fom NBC News now confirmed, Brian Williams has opened up about the controversy that ended his Nightly News anchor stint — and NBC colleague Matt Lauer conveeeeniently scored the big get.

As first reported by CNN (and since confirmed by NBC News), Williams earlier this week sat down for an interview with Lauer, to air Friday on Today and Nightly News — in the immediate wake of NBC News announcing that Lester Holt would remain Nightly News anchor, while Williams is shuttled off to cable sister MSNBC.

Williams announced in early February that he was taking a leave of absence from NBC, after it was discovered that during a Jan. 30 Nightly News piece he falsely claimed his helicopter was hit by a grenade in March 2003 as he covered the Iraq War.

Days later, NBC News announced it was suspending the longtime anchor for six months, while it investigated his “wrong and completely inappropriate” “misrepresent[ation] of events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War.”

On Wednesday of this week, word spread that Williams would not be returning to the Nightly News anchor slot, but remaining with NBC News in a new capacity. On Thursday, NBC News announced Williams’ reassignment to MSNBC, while the veteran newsman himself apologized for his exaggerated anecdotes and vowed to “earn back” viewers’ trust.

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  1. Sarah T says:

    It will be interesting to see how tough Matt is on Brian or if he gives him an easy interview since their colleagues.

  2. dan says:

    With all due respect to Matt, it is a conflict of interest for him to interview Brian regarding this matter. They are both employees of NBC and reportedly they are friends. I’m sure this was part of the negotiating process that the parties have been involved with over the last few weeks. The interview with Brian should be conducted by somebody who isn’t employed by NBC or their owner (Universal). I understand that they didn’t want to give this interview to another network, but it would’ve been a more credible decision. I’m not a fan of Brian “the journalist” so whether he sits in the anchor chair at NBC or MSNBC is irrelevant to me. I have, however, liked Brian “the performer” and I’ve enjoyed watching him with David Letterman and on SNL.

  3. liame says:

    So Pinocchio Sr. is going to interview Pinocchio Jr. Wow! I wonder what kind of dirt those boys have on the head honcho’s at that network.

  4. LauraLee C. Moore says:

    I still don’t understand why this man has been put through the wringer – lost his job – made a public mockery – and yet, our Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton, has lied over and over and over again to all of us and NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO HER – SHE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. What the Heck??????????????????

    • Robert Sanford says:

      Have you got proof that Hillary lied or are you just listening to all of the lies on the media? Personally unless a lie is proven as in Brian Williams lies then I believe that you should not convict a person. Hillary Clinton has not been proven by anyone to have lied about things such as Benzghazi. These are all attempts by the Republican party to discredit her and nothing has been proven. Even attempts by the committee chair has shown that he has lied in an attempt to discredit her.

    • Harry says:

      That is a fact!!! We all make mistakes but having that ‘woman’ in the White House would be a disaster.

  5. bill says:

    I like Lestor Holt, but he seems like a second stringed when it comes to hosting the nightly news. Too bad Williams was too stupid to realize his “tall tales” would catch up with him. Apparently a good number of the “Clinton Generation” think they can say or do anything they please. It MUST be a shock when they discover they’re wrong. Unfortunately, the rest of us have to suffer for their mistakes. In my case, I’m now watching ABC NEWS. I’d rather watch the second tier team over the backup quarterback!

  6. tish says:

    Interesting! !!! I don’t care for Matt, after the way he treated ANN CURRY, she will have more class than him any day! She’s a very professional woman!