NBC’s Brian Williams: I Am Taking Myself Off The Air

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February 7, 2015 5:41 p.m.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams announced on Saturday that he would be taking himself off the air for several days, amid an NBC investigation of a bogus story the newsman told about his time in Iraq.

The Washington Post reported that the network is investigating further questions about Williams’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Here is Williams’ “personal note” posted to NBCNews.com:

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.

On Wednesday, Williams admitted that he was not aboard a helicopter that was forced down due to rocket fire in 2003 in Iraq, contrary to stories he had told years after his trip took place.

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