A version of this story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Brian Williams may have been yanked off NBC Nightly News for embellishing his Iraq War experience, but he’s still the recorded voice at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan, where he’s been providing context about al-Qaida in one of the exhibit’s final galleries since its opening last May — these days, to the uncomfortable titters of knowing visitors. So will Williams be replaced, particularly if he doesn’t return from his ongoing six-month suspension from the network? The museum did not respond to a request for comment.
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His narration provides context regarding the extremism that led to the 2001 plane attacks that killed 2,996 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It complements accompanying wall text and video elements.
Meanwhile, passengers on American Airlines can still see Williams in promos for the NBC Nightly News. (Equivalent teases back on the ground were immediately wiped clean of any trace of the newsman after his removal in February.) A rep for the airline explained the discrepancy by noting, “We work with NBCU to create and deliver our overhead programming two months ahead of the exhibition date onboard our aircrafts.”