MSNBC’s Brian Williams announces departure from network when contract expires

One prominent mainstream media figure will soon be leaving his current position at MSNBC.

According to reports11th Hour host Brian Williams announced at the end of his program on Tuesday that he would be leaving the network upon the expiration of his contract later this year.

“I have been truly blessed”

As the Daily Wire noted, Williams spent about a decade anchoring NBC Nightly News until he was caught in a controversy in 2015 regarding exaggerated details about the dangers he faced while covering the Iraq War.

At one point, he falsely asserted that a helicopter he was flying in was shot down and forced to land amid rocket-propelled grenade fire.

Although he has since reinvented his public persona with his more casual approach to the news at MSNBC, he has nonetheless faced accusations of bias — particularly against former President Donald Trump.

As for the motivation behind his decision to leave the NBC family altogether, his statement did not reveal many details, though he did state his intention to spend more time with his family.

“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,” he said. “I have been truly blessed. I have been allowed to spend almost half my life with one company.”

“NBC is a part of me and will always be”

Looking back on his decades covering current events for the network, Williams added: “NBC is a part of me and will always be: 28 years, 38 countries, eight Olympic Games, seven presidential elections, half a dozen presidents, a few wars, and one [Saturday Night Live] episode.”

Williams took the opportunity to praise his friends and colleagues who remain at NBC, though he glossed over his scandal-plagued exit from broadcast television and subsequent demotion to cable news. He also urged viewers to remain “loyal” to the program as it goes on without him.

“This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another,” he concluded. “There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere.”

Williams has previously dismissed his earlier “mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago.” As for NBC News, its statement confirming his departure also downplayed the significance of his prior dishonesty, describing only an “inaccurate story” that led to his 2015 suspension.

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