Ex-NBC Anchor Brian Williams Officially Gives Up the News After Troubled Years

Brian Williams has exited NBC.

The anchor of “NBC Nightly News” is no longer an employee of the network, according to an email from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment President Frances Berwick to her staff obtained by The Hill.

Berwick said that Comcast’s Universal Cable Productions and Williams’ production company, Best of Both Worlds Productions, will be a going concern, a Universal source confirmed to Fox News.

Berwick, in her email, revealed that “considerable time” has been invested in a “series of challenges” that Williams overcame in recent years.

“It’s good for everyone if he can focus on work and away from business operations,” Berwick wrote in the email.

The relationship between Williams and NBC News is not entirely severed: Williams has one year of employment at Best of Both Worlds Productions, his NBC source confirmed to Fox News.

“Brian loves telling stories and being part of our team, and for that we are happy,” the NBC source said.

Williams announced in an exclusive interview with The New York Times that he will move forward in life “as a citizen with the forgiveness of my friends, the support of my family and the trust of my lifelong audience.”

Williams initially covered the Iraq War while in the Army in 2003 before becoming a reporter, and NBC News posted videos of the pair’s tour, which occurred one year before the first official sniper attacks in the country.

Since Williams returned to NBC in 2015, he was disciplined twice for exaggerating the stories of being in the war zone during that time period. In 2015, NBC suspended Williams for six months without pay for falsely claiming that he was on a helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

The award-winning anchor later acknowledged in a speech that he had embellished other stories, with some of them stretching for nearly a decade.

In February 2017, he was fired for lying about his experiences in Iraq while reporting for NBC.

“During a five-year period that began during the 2003 war in Iraq, Brian repeatedly mischaracterized his experiences covering the war and made false statements about events that occurred after he left NBC News,” Berwick wrote in the memo.

“It has been my honor and privilege to work with Brian,” Berwick wrote in the email. “I want to thank Brian for his outstanding work and, of course, all the brave men and women of our military.”

Williams, in a statement, thanked his colleagues.

“Thank you to NBC, today and for the past three decades,” Williams said. “Thanks to you, the stories you tell are the heart and soul of what NBC News stands for. Thanks to my family.

“Thanks to my many supporters. From Newtown, Newtown, you have given me the grace and support and the focus, to face so many challenges, without shame, even when others would be driven to self-destruction. I am grateful. And I will continue to tell our stories as only NBC News can. Thank you.”

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