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NBC Surprises Everyone by Keeping Brian Williams, Still Plan to Knock Him Down

NBC Surprises Everyone by Keeping Brian Williams, Still Plan to Knock Him Down:

Hey, Brian Williams is still at NBC! Somewhere else. At much lower pay.

Following months of America wondering what would happened to the once-beloved news anchor, NBC has made a decision. Williams will join MSNBC as a breaking news and special reports anchor come mid-August, when his six-month suspension ends.

Williams has kept a low profile and been without pay since February, when his notable story about being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq proved to be entirely made up. When NBC followed up with their internal investigation, the company discovered that his tendency to exaggerate was not an isolated incident.

Meanwhile, NBC veteran Lester Holt has been filling in for Williams on NBC Nightly News and “he’s performed remarkably well over the last few months under very tough circumstances,” according NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack. Now Holt will become chief anchor of the program, a move that makes him the first black solo anchor for the evening newscast.

In an apologetic statement to colleagues and viewers alike, Williams said, “I am grateful for the chance to return to covering the news. My new role will allow me to focus on important issues and events in our country and around the world, and I look forward to it.”

We’ll see.

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