NBC suspends Williams for six months, without pay, for having inaccurately reported he came under fire in Iraq in 2003. The president of NBC News indicates the suspension will take effect immediately:
We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor NBC Nightly News.
Williams admits that a report he made in 2003 is not true. At the time he stated that that the helicopter he was flying in came under attack, but he now says that his helicopter never actually came under fire, that he confused his aircraft with another. Williams insists that he did not deliberately lie:
No, we never came under direct enemy fire to the aircraft.
Williams joins Fallon and The Roots to slow jam the news about Immigration on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Williams performs Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back in a variety of clips.
Williams raps Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice in a variety of mashup clips.
Williams raps The Sugar Hill Gang’s classic Rapper’s Delight in a mashup of clips from Williams’ and Holt’s broadcasts with a cameo from Gifford.
Fallon plays a mashup of NBC News anchor Brian Williams rapping Snoop Dogg’s verse from the Dr.Dre song Nuthin but a G Thang.
Williams gives interview to Elle about announcing he was going to marry his wife, the first time they met.
It was a one-time thing. You don’t toss those words around! I got off the air at one p.m. I’d met my wife within that last hour. Later that afternoon, I sat in Bernie Smilovitz’s office and said, I think I’m off the market. That’s the exact expression I used.