In his first public interview since the announcement of his six-month suspension from NBC, Brian Williams has apologized for making inaccurate statements — and shares that he's ready for his "second chance."
Earlier today, NBC Nightly News' former anchor sat down with Matt Lauer and opened up about his bad decisions.
"I said things that weren't true," he told Matt during the Today interview. "I own up to this."
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The 56-year-old also explained what led him to exaggerating stories, such as incidents from his time in Iraq. He revealed, "It has to have been ego that made me think I had to be sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else. I told the story correctly for years, before I told it incorrectly."
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He added, "I wasn't trying to use my job and title to mislead."
In regards to his absence from television, Brian shared, "It has been torture."
But he's willing to do whatever it takes to win back the trust of his loyal viewers. "I'll work every day for it, I'll go door to door...Hold me to account...Judge me by as hard a standard as you wish," he said.
Brian — who was replaced by Lester Holt on Nightly News — will now become the face and anchor of the struggling cable news network MSNBC. However, viewers could see him on NN again, as he's set to fill in for Lester whenever he's not available.
Check out the clip below that aired on Today :
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