Thursday, December 2, 2021

Host Brian Williams Leaves NBC After 28 Years

Brian Williams, a veteran journalist who hosted various programs on NBC News and MSNBC, said on Tuesday that he will leave his job at the end of the year, completing his 28-year tenure as one of the most recognizable anchors in the country.

“This is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another,” Williams, 62, said in a statement, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter. “There are a lot of things I want to do and I will appear somewhere again.”

“I have been truly blessed,” he continued. “I was allowed to spend almost half of my life with one company. NBC is a part of me and always will be. “

Williams’ contract expires later this year after a five-year talk on MSNBC, where he hosted the successful 11th Hour program.

He went online from NBC’s flagship “Nightly News” following a scandal that resulted in him being suspended from office for six months in 2015. Williams admitted that he exaggerated his role in the helicopter during the Iraq War, a revelation that undermined his credibility before he regained his position. MSNBC.

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The Los Angeles Times notes that Williams had an offer to stay online, but decided to leave. After the end of his contract, he will spend months with his family and he has no other job, the newspaper added.

Rashida Jones, president of MSNBC, said the station would skip Williams’ “insightful questions and thoughtful comments” in a letter to staff on Tuesday.

Williams has been a staunch figure for millions of Americans for nearly three decades. He played a major role in the launch of MSNBC in the mid-1990s and for ten years directed NBC’s Nightly News, which became one of the most watched news shows in the country.

His departure will leave two big vacancies on MSNBC. Host Rachel Maddow is expected to leave her daily program next year, although she will remain online.

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