(DAILY BEAST) It fell to substitute Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on Monday night to break the eerie corporate silence concerning the fate of Brian Williams.
“We want to take just a moment to tell you where Brian is tonight,” Holt told viewers of the top-rated NBC News program over which Williams has presided since December 2004. “In a message to his colleagues over the weekend, Brian told us he’s taking several days off this broadcast amid questions over how he recalls certain stories he covered. In a career spent covering the news, Brian told us it’s clear he’s become too much a part of the news. He’ll be off while this issue is dealt with.”
In interviews with The Daily Beast, NBC News insiders—who spoke on condition of anonymity, for fear of jeopardizing their jobs and compensation—expressed shock, mixed with gallows humor, that Williams has fallen so far so fast—astonishingly enough, due to tall tales and shaggy dog stories that the anchor has told publicly, notably on his own newscast.
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