After many months of waiting to see what the fate would be for Brian Williams at NBC would be, it appears that the anchor is going to be staying put. With that being said, don’t count on him having the same exact job that he has for many years.
As first reported by CNN, Williams is going to remain with NBC News in some capacity, but it will not be as the anchor for the “Nightly News.” Lester Holt has held that position ever since he was suspended without pay over embellishments about his time in Iraq. One suggested possibility is that he will head over to MSNBC to do a series there.
One thing that seems fairly constant here is that regardless where he lands, Williams is probably not going to have the same reputation that he once did. You have to remember that he was one of the few anchors who still had a larger-than-life persona. He hosted “Saturday Night Live,” slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon, and did a variety of late-night interviews that showed that he had charisma for days. Now, it’s not clear just what he will do.
Also, one other thing that is unclear is when he will speak out on television again for the first time since his suspension. We thought for a time that he may chose to do so on his longtime friend David Letterman’s show, but “The Late Show” concluded last month. We’re not sure that Fallon is the right destination for serious discourse.
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