Brian Williams has announced that he will be taking leave from the network after spending 28 years at NBC.
62 Years Old Anchor Will Be Taking Leave at the End of December This Year
On Tuesday, the 62 years old anchor declared the news of his exit in a memo to NBC employees as per reports, stating that “following much reflection,” he has decided to take the exit from the network when his contract comes to an end, at the end of December this year.
He wrote in the memo “I have been truly blessed,” adding further “I have been allowed to spend almost half of my life with one company. NBC is a part of me and always will be.”
Williams covered eight Olympic games and seven presidential elections, throughout his time at NBC. In 1996, he was on air for the launch of MNSBC and hosted “NBC Nightly News” from 2004 till 2015. He then introduced his show in 2016 “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams.”
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He wrote “Good friends were in great supply at NBC,” adding further “I was fortunate that everyone I worked with made me better at my job. I’ve had the best colleagues imaginable. That includes great bosses.”
Williams Was Suspended in 2015 for Making False Statements
He was the best anchor of NBC News for nearly ten years up to 2015, when he was suspended for a short period for maliciously claiming that he had been in a helicopter strike by enemy fire at the time of the Iraq War.
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Then in a sequential investigation, it came to know that he had made some other inappropriate and false remarks concerning his experiences covering the events, and he was fired from the job. Williams was then replaced by Lester Holt as an anchor of “Nightly News.”
Later, Williams had been provided with the 11 p.m. hour at MSNBC, which he made up into a fast-moving, entertaining newscast putting, in a nutshell, the day’s news. On Tuesday, in his memo, Williams stated he was as honored what “The 11th Hour” achieved “as the decade I spent anchoring Nightly News.”
In his memo he wrote that he will be spending the coming few months “with my family, the people I love most and the people who enabled my career to happen.”
Further, he said “This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another. There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere,” adding “I will reflect on the kindness people have shown me, and I will pay it forward.”
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Rashida Jones, the President of MNBC wrote in the memo received on Tuesday that Williams’ NBC career “has been marked by breaking countless major stories, attracting leading journalists and guests to his programs, and most especially, great resiliency.”
She further added, “Our viewers will miss his penetrating questions and thoughtful commentary.”