BRIAN Williams has confirmed he is leaving MSNBC’s The 11th Hour and NBC years after his longtime career was rocked by the 2015 “lying” scandal.
Williams confirmed he was looking forward to one chapter ending “and the beginning of another” in a statement on Tuesday evening.
Williams has anchored The 11th Hour for the past 5 years and was key in the launch of the MSNBC news channel in 1996 and became a well-known figure as part of NBC Nightly News.
Williams was suspended from Nightly in 2015 and replaced by Lester Holt after it was reported that he exaggerated some stories.
He reportedly claimed that while reporting in Iraq in 2003 the Chinook helicopter was fired at and needed to undergo an emergency landing, according to Vanity Fair – however, soldiers onboard disputed Williams’ claims.
“I think the constant viewing of the video showing us inspecting the impact area—and the fog of memory over 12 years—made me conflate the two, and I apologize,” Williams said at the time. He was able to rebuild his career after the scandal.
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WHERE IS BRIAN WILLIAMS GOING NEXT?
It’s unclear where the legendary news anchor will work next, but, according to CNN, he will first take some down time.
Williams said: “For the next few months, I’ll be with my family, the people I love most and the people who enabled my career to happen.
“I will reflect on the kindness people have shown me, and I will pay it forward.”
WHO ARE BRIAN WILLIAM’S CHILDREN?
In 1986, Williams married TV producer Jane Stoddard Williams.
The couple has a son and a daughter together.
Their daughter, Allison Williams, starred on the HBO comedy Girls and in the film Get Out.
Their son, Doug Williams, is the late-night anchor of Geico SportsNite, which airs on the regional New York metropolitan area channel SportsNet New York.
2015 SUSPENSION FROM NBC
At the time, NBC president Deborah Turness said that on January 30, 2015, broadcast Williams misrepresented his helicopter ride while covering the Iraq war in 2003.
Williams falsely claimed he came under rocket fire during the ride.
The network’s investigation showed that Williams had repeated the incorrect account in other venues.
WHAT SHOWS HAS BRIAN WILLIAMS ANCHORED?
Under NBC, Williams anchored four different news programs in the 27 years with the company.
From 1993-1999, he was the weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News.
He anchored MSNBC The News with Brian Williams from 1996-2004.
From 2004-2015, he was the news anchor for NBC Weekly News, and from 2011-2013 he was the host of Rock Center with Brian Williams.
‘END OF AN ERA’
The media world quickly reacted to news that Brian Williams will be leaving his post on NBC.
WHO IS BRIAN WILLIAMS?
MSNBC’S chief anchor Brian Williams has been under the NBC News umbrella for over 20 years.
Williams announced on November 9, 2021, that he was leaving MSNBC after over two decades on the job.
Williams, 62, was born on May 5, 1959, in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Williams currently anchors the show The 11th Hour with Brian Williams on MSNBC.