Brian Williams Cancels Letterman Appearance
The anchor is in hot water surrounding his story about a 2003 helicopter ride in Iraq.
Brian Williams is turning down a chance to have another chat with David Letterman about his helicopter experience.
The NBC Nightly News anchor has canceled his planned Thursday appearance on the Late Show as he deals with fallout surrounding his story, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
On Saturday, Williams told his staff that he would be stepping away from hosting Nightly News for several days, with Lester Holt replacing him during the absence.
In a staff memo sent Friday, NBC News president Deborah Turness wrote that a team was currently working to "make sense" of the situation.
The controversy erupted after a Jan. 30 Nightly News clip was posted to Facebook in which Williams claimed to have been in a helicopter that was hit and went down during the Iraq invasion in 2003. After the story was questioned, Williams apologized on Facebook and on his show, explaining that his helicopter was behind the one that had been hit.
During a 2013 Late Show appearance, Williams told the story of his chopper taking fire, leading to Letterman telling the anchor that he had newfound respect for him.