The Slatest

Brian Williams Reportedly Out as NBC Nightly News Anchor

Brian Williams in a thinking pose.

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Four months after Brian Williams was outed as a habitual fibber and suspended, NBC News has decided Williams will not return to the anchor’s chair, the New York Times is reporting. Williams and NBC have come to a tentative agreement about keeping him elsewhere at the network, CNN reports.

“Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people,” according to the Times. Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Williams during his six-month suspension is reportedly expected to stay in the anchor chair on a permanent basis.

Williams’ downfall began when he was called out for a story about his time reporting in Iraq where he said the helicopter he was traveling in took enemy RPG fire. That turned out not to be true and Williams apologized on air for the untruth. Soon after, however, reports of more fabrications arose and NBC News suspended their number one rated anchor until the network could sift through the allegations. According to the Times, the NBC investigation found “as many as 10 to 12 instances where he was thought to have exaggerated or fabricated accounts of his reporting.”