A longtime mainstream media fixture has announced the impending end of his decades-long and controversy-filled association with NBC News.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, MSNBC host Brian Williams announced on-air this week that he would be leaving the network at the completion of his current contract next month.
“Almost half my life with one company”
The host of 11th Hour signaled to his viewers that he will not fade from the public view for long, indicating that he would “pop up again somewhere” in the future.
Of course, plenty of critics would likely prefer to not see him behind a news desk again, particularly in light of the scandal that led to his ouster as host of NBC Nightly News.
In 2015, Williams was suspended from NBC News and booted from the flagship broadcast news program over his misrepresentation of events he experienced while covering the Iraq War.
He soon resurfaced in a clearly demoted role as the late-night news host on the network’s cable news division. Although he attempted to reinvent himself in the new environment, he announced at the conclusion of Tuesday’s show that the time had come for him to depart the company.
“Following much reflection, and after 28 years with the company, I have decided to leave NBC upon the completion of my current contract in December,” Williams said. “I have been truly blessed. I have been allowed to spend almost half of my life with one company.”
“There are many things I want to do”
After recalling some of his career highlights, Williams affirmed: “NBC is a part of me and always will be.” He went on to praise his friends and coworkers while glossing over his own demotion within the ranks.
The last thing before we go…
A message from Brian. pic.twitter.com/q2RXOG1Ea2
— 11th Hour (@11thHour) November 10, 2021
As for his current program, Williams promised that it would remain in “good hands” and encouraged his “loyal viewing audience to remain loyal” after he is gone.
“This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another,” he said. “There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere.”
He did not mention a specific reason for his decision to part ways with NBC, but he did note that he intends to spend more time with his family after he leaves. As for where he might “pop up” next, fans and critics alike will just have to wait and see.