(CNN) NBC's Brian Williams, in his first interview since being suspended in February, said "ego" drove him to embellish stories about his reporting experiences.
"I said things that weren't true," he told his colleague Matt Lauer in a taped interview on NBC's "Today" show.
Exaggerations -- like one that put him on a helicopter that was forced down by enemy fire in Iraq, when in fact he was on a different chopper -- "came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside me," he said. "This was clearly ego driven, the desire to better my role in a story I was already in."
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