After stepping down from the top spot on NBC Nightly News on Saturday, NBC officially suspended Williams on Tuesday for six months without pay, choosing instead not to fire him for now. NBC staffers believe he may never come back to the spot he held since 2004. Williams was, at least until last week, the single most popular news anchor in the United States. He reached about 10 million viewers a night. Just in December, NBC signed him to a new contract. Williams on Saturday said he has become too much a part of the news and decided to step aside from the news for the next several days. Williams apologized last week for saying he was in a helicopter that was hit by a grenade while covering the Iraq War in 2003. Instead, it turns out he was in a different group of helicopters and was not hit.
During a segment on Nightly News while Tom Brokaw was anchor, Williams explained that one of the helicopters he was flying with had been hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. However, a decade later he appeared on David Letterman’s show and changed the story saying his helicopter was hit which Williams now admits was false. NBC News President Deborah Turness issued a memo to staff late Tuesday explaining… Read more at Examiner.com
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