Brian Williams will be returning to TV once again to anchor a nightly news program! Over a year after his very public suspension from ‘NBC Nightly News,’ Brian will be getting his own show on MSNBC focusing on election coverage. Are you glad Brian’s anchoring his own show again?
Brian, 57, will have his own half-hour show at 11 p.m. ET on MSNBC between Labor Day and Election Day, our sister site Variety reports. His show will be daily recaps of the day’s top political news.
This is the first time that Brian will be the main anchor of his own show since he lost his job as the anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2015. He fell from grace after he admitted that he lied about his personal experiences covering the Iraq War for NBC News in 2003. Brian was suspended for six months because of the scandal and never returned to the Nightly News desk.
Brian confessed in a June 2015 interview with Matt Lauer, 58, that he said things “that weren’t true.” He admitted that he was driven by his ego to lie about really happened in Iraq.
He returned to TV in the fall of 2015 on MSNBC to cover Pope Francis’ trip to the United States. He has since covered a variety of breaking news events for MSNBC and NBC, including the Nice terrorist attack, the police shooting in Dallas and the attempted military coup in Turkey.
Part of the reason MSNBC has decided to give him his own show during election season is because of higher ratings in July 2016. Brian was featured on the network during that month, so executives are trying Brian out to see if ratings will continue to rise. There’s no word yet if Brian will keep the show past the Nov. 8 election.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see Brian return to nighttime news? Do you think he’ll keep the show? Let us know!