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Brian Williams Will Make Not-So-Triumphant Return to MSNBC in August


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After weeks of back-and-forth rumours, the news is official: Brian Williams is staying on NBC News. The twist is that he's not staying on as anchor. Williams' anchor spot on Nightly News will be taken by Lester Holt, while Williams will take on a reporting role on MSNBC. This arrangement will come into effect in mid-August, after the end of Williams' suspension from the network.  

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Brian Williams will stay on with NBC Universal.

The announcement, making an expected deal official, came Thursday afternoon from NBC News chairman Andy Lack and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. 

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Fox's Bill O'Reilly Defends Himself From Accusations Of Fictionalised War Reporting


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In another controversy regarding a journalist alleged to have embellished his war reportage, Fox news host Bill O’Reilly continues to come under fire for apparently over-exaggerating the danger he was in while covering the 1982 Falklands crisis in his book four years ago.

A former CBS colleague of O’Reilly’s, Eric Engberg, claimed in a lengthy Facebook post that they were not really in a combat zone, instead being caught up in little more than “routine reporting on a demonstration that got a little nasty.”

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Fox's Bill O'Reilly is facing accusations of exaggerating his war reporting

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Brian Williams Defended By His 'Girls' Actress Daughter Allison


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‘Girls’ star Allison Williams has leapt to her news anchor father Brian’s defence, following the recent controversy in which he incorrectly claimed that his life was in grave danger while he was reporting on the Iraq conflict.

On Wednesday night, the 26 year old actress was a guest at a talk with NBC host Seth Myers in New York when the subject of her father’s suspension was raised. Allison is the first member of the family to speak publicly about the controversy, and she described it as “tough, obviously toughest on my dad” before stating confidently to the audience “I know you can trust him”, reported CNN.

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Allison Williams, star of 'Girls' on HBO, spoke about her news anchor father Brian

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Charlie Sheen Defends Fallen News Anchor Brian Williams In Bizarre Letter


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The recent suspension of NBC news anchor Brian Williams has ignited a powder keg of differing opinions. You might consider Charlie Sheen to be one of the less likely public figures to intervene on the debate – but he has, and on Williams’ side. Passionately, to say the least.

TMZ was first to report the bizarre open letter, which was penned by the former ‘Two and a Half Men’ actor and posted to Twitter on Wednesday. He describes Williams as a “victim of a transparent and vile witch hunt” and denounces his bosses at NBC as “cowards”.

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Brian Williams was offered comfort and solace by Charlie Sheen in an open letter

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NBC Suspends Anchor Brian Williams For Six Months Without Pay


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Brian Williams' break from hosting the 'Nightly News' is going to be much longer than first expected. NBC has suspended the news anchor for six months without pay after admitting last week that his story about being shot at while in a helicopter during a visit to Iraq in 2003 wasn't true.

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Williams is suspended for six months without pay for his false helicopter claims

For the duration of his suspension, Williams will be replaced by Lester Holt, the network announced in a memo on Tuesday (Feb 10th). NBC will also be continuing their investigation into his reporting of the 2003 Iraq trip.

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Brian Williams Cancels Interview On 'Late Show With David Letterman'


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NBC anchor Brian Williams has chosen not to appear on this Thursday's episode of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' following last week's revelation that his story about being shot down in a helicopter during a visit to Iraq in 2003 wasn't true.

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Williams will not be appearing on Letterman's talk show this week

The 'NBC Nightly News' anchor, who has stepped away from his hosting duties for the next several days, eventually admitted that he was never aboard the helicopter at the time of the attack after several army veterans involved in Williams' 2003 trip came forward to dispute his claims.

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Can Brian Williams' Apology Quell the Outrage over His False Iraq Claims?


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The big story this week has been Brian Williams’ big lapse of judgement, which led the US news anchor to repeatedly tell a story about how he was shot down in a helicopter. Williams retracted his statements, after several veterans disputed their authenticity, but the story has raised concerns about the authenticity of the entire US journalistic process.

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Despite Brian Williams' apology, the anchor is still in hot water over his claims.

Williams, the most-watched network anchor in the US, blamed the "fog of memory" for the lapse in his statement. He also announced a hiatus from the nightly news show, for several days while the network investigated his claims.

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NBC Announces Investigation Into News Anchor Brian Williams' Iraq Error


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Following a week of controversy, NBC has announced that it will be starting an internal investigation into the actions of Brian Williams, the ‘Nightly News’ anchor who has admitted and apologised for misleading the public about his time reporting in Iraq in 2003.

The New York Daily News reported that the inquiry will be led by NBC’s investigative unit head Richard Esposito. The network’s president of news Deborah Turness has also sent an internal e-mail to NBC staff on Friday following an editorial meeting.

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Embattled NBC news anchor Brian Williams

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NBC News Anchor Brian Williams Recants Iraq Story


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Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC’s ‘Nightly News’, has been forced to climb down and admit that he was not on board a helicopter that was hit and forced down in Iraq in 2003.

In a statement to Stars And Stripes, Williams recanted the claim that he had made on Friday evening at NBC’s coverage of a public tribute to a retired soldier at an ice hockey game. He said on the broadcast that he and his camera crew, who were embedded in a helicopter unit flying risky missions during the 2003 invasion, were shot down in the desert and "rescued, surrounded and kept alive" by a platoon led by the now-retired soldier.

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NBC anchor Brian Williams took back a claim that he was aboard a downed military chopper in Iraq

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Lena Dunham And Adam Driver On Sight For 'Girls' Season Four Premiere


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The American Museum of Natural History in New York was the sight of something pretty spectacular on 5th January 2015. And no, it wasn't because Ben Stiller was running around at night with a magical tablet and entourage of historical waxworks that look oddly like famous film stars. The Museum was, however, the location for the premiere for season four of HBO's 'Girls'.

Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke pose together at the 'Girls' season four premiere (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)
Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Jemima Kirke pose together at the 'Girls' season four premiere (Credit Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images)

As well as the majority of the main cast, the premiere saw members of the supporting cast and various additional celebrities arriving to support the premiere. In addition to Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Adam Driver posing on the red carpet and with one another, 'Mad Men''s Jon Hamm and 'Star Trek''s Zachary Quinto also made an appearance. The event was similar to the way in which the premiere for season three took place at The Lincoln Centre in Manhattan and also saw a string on celebrities checking in to show support.

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Jerry Seinfeld: "I Think I'm On The Autism Spectrum"


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Comedy hero Jerry Seinfeld reckons that he’s on the autism spectrum. In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams on Thursday’s ‘Nightly News’, the topic turned to what makes the 60 year old comedian tick before he made the statement: "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum."

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Jerry Seinfeld reckons he's on the autism spectrum, he said in an interview on Thursday

When Williams asked him what the signs of it were, Seinfeld said: "You know, never paying attention to the right things. Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal. When people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. But I don't see it as dysfunctional. I just think of it as an alternate mindset."

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Brian Williams Tells More About His 'Embarrassing Dad' Stunt


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NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams has been sharing in his daughter Allison’s recent success.At the end of July, he pulled the ultimate embarrassing dad stunt when announcing his daughter’s casting in NBC’s upcoming production of Peter Pan by producing a picture of Allison dressed all in green at the age of three. He also said “Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three, and they look forward to seeing her fly.”

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Brian Williams revealed more about that embarrassing dad episode

A few weeks on, the proud father said he e-mailed around members of the family beforehand to see if they would approve of him reporting about Allison on his show.

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Who Are The Most Famous Showbiz Families?


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News executives in America were left surprised when news anchor Brian Williams took time out of his NBC Nightly News bulletin last Wednesday to happily announce the appointment of his daughter, Allison Williams, as Peter Pan. Allison, who has previously proved her acting work on huge HBO hit Girls, has been cast by NBC to play the mischievous boy who never grows up in the network's live broadcast of the Broadway musical in December.

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News anchor Brian Williams proudly announced his daughter Allison's latest job opportunity

Clearly thrilled at his daughter's achievement, the proud father elaborated: "Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly".

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NBC News Host Brian Williams Pulls Ultimate Embarrassing Dad Trick Announcing Allison Williams' "Peter Pan" Casting


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NBC’s production of Peter Pan has found its lead in Girls star Allison Williams, following the announcement that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook. The news was first announced on NBC Nightly News by Brian Williams, who took the opportunity to cite some of Williams’ acting credits like her role on Girls and the big one – that time she wore a Peter Pan costume at age 3.

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Allison Williams has wanted this role all her life, apparently.

Turns out, the last name isn’t just coincidental and Brian Williams is Allison’s father. Everyone has an embarrassing parents story, but this is taking it a step too far.

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Brian Williams Raps To 'Baby Got Back' On Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show'


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Brian Williams is rapping once again.

The NBC news anchor is featured in a another mash-up on Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show,' but this time he was performing a cover of to Sir Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back.'

Furthermore, his fellow colleagues, Kathie Lee Gifford, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb also had a cameo role in the hilarious clip.

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