This is a bold move!
Brian Williams just announced that he'll be LEAVING his show NBC Nightly News although it will only be a temporary departure!
Williams has been in hot water ever since it was revealed that a story he's been telling for years - about a helicopter he was on getting hit by a RPG - was actually false and he was on a different helicopter.
But we guess Brian's original apology was NOT enough as the situation has snowballed until his just announced departure!
Lester Holt will be taking over for Brian Williams in the meanwhile while NBC conducts their own internal investigation.
[ Related: Brian Williams Apologizes For Lying For Over A Decade About His Helicopter Being Hit In Iraq ]
Here's what Brian Williams said about his departure:
"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."
That makes sense that he doesn't want to be a distraction although it's unclear just how long Brian Williams will be staying away.
If he's banking on this situation going away - he may have to wait awhile!
We're absolutely stunned by all of this though that's for sure!
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