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Brian Williams temporarily steps aside: "I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast"

"It has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions"


Salon Staff
February 8, 2015 2:43AM (UTC)

Is this the beginning of the end for Brian Williams?

The "NBC Nightly News" anchor has decided to step down temporarily, in the middle of a national controversy over how truthfully he recounted a story about being onboard a helicopter in Iraq back in 2005, which he has said drew fire.

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The memo to the newscast's staff -- announcing that Lester Holt would take his seat, but not for exactly how long -- was obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.

Here is the memo:

"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. 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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