Brian Williams to take hiatus from ‘NBC Nightly News’

February 7, 2015

Embattled “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams told NBC News staff in a memo Saturday he will stop hosting the daily broadcast “for the next several days.”

While Williams takes a hiatus, “Nightly News” weekend anchor Lester Holt will fill in for long enough for NBC News “to adequately deal with this issue,” according to the memo. When his break ends, Williams says he will continue “my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”

Here’s the memo:

In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.