Brian Williams, not to be confused with Bryan “Baby” Williams aka Birdman of Cash Money fame, will have to put his tall tales on ice for at least six months. The NBC anchor has been suspended without pay by the network.
Reports the New York Times:
Brian Williams, the embattled NBC news anchor whose credibility plummeted after he acknowledged exaggerating his role in a helicopter episode in Iraq, has been suspended for six months without pay, the network said on Tuesday night.
“This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position,” Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, said in a memo. Lester Holt, who stepped in for Mr. Williams this week, will continue as the substitute, the network said.
The suspension culminated a rapid and startling fall for Mr. Williams, who at age 55 was not only the head of the No. 1 evening news show, but also one of NBC’s biggest stars, a frequent celebrity guest on “Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock” and the late-night talk show circuit.
We wouldn’t bet on Williams sitting back down at the anchor desk after those six months.