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During his first night back in the primetime anchor chair, Brian Williams was hit with an F-bomb on live TV.
While co-hosting MSNBC’s live coverage of the Iowa caucuses, a female voter and veteran was passionately discussing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and healthcare for U.S. veterans. “The VA is more screwed up than it has been in a while,” she said. “The fact that I haven’t gotten benefits in three months because the VA is so f—d up really makes me concerned.”
The audio cut away from the live feed, and Williams quickly broke in to apologize for the “bit of French” that had slipped into the coverage.
“Well, you know, when you listen in to caucuses, you take the good with the bad,” Williams said, “and people often speak the way they do out on the street, and we apologize. I know Jacob [Soboroff] apologizes, we all join in in apologizing for a bit of French that snuck into our English language translation there.”
Williams joined Rachel Maddow as co-host for Monday night’s Iowa caucus coverage, returning as a primetime news anchor for the first time since his suspension. The former NBC Nightly News anchor was found to have told a false account of a 2003 incident in Iraq.
“I told stories that were not true. I never intended to. It got mixed up. It got turned around in my mind,” Williams told Matt Lauer during a July interview on Today.
Monday night, Ted Cruz defeated GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in the Iowa Republican caucuses, while the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (Martin O’Malley suspended his campaign) remained in a dead heat well into the night.
Watch the clip and Williams’ apology below:
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