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Brian Williams Vows to "Earn Back" Your Trust at MSNBC; Interview to Air Friday

Is he heading to MSNBC?

Liz Raftery

Brian Williams will break his silence and address his recent suspension and demotion from NBC Nightly News during a sit-down with Matt Lauer on the Today show.

Williams' interview was taped this week and is scheduled to air on Friday morning on the Today Show and again Friday evening on NBC News. The Today show interview will be the first time Williams speaks publicly about his suspension from the network for repeatedly telling a false story about getting shot down in Iraq.

On Thursday, NBC confirmed that Williams' replacement, Lester Holt, will be named the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News, and Williams will move to MSNBC to cover breaking news and special reports. Williams also issued an apologyThursday for lying to viewers.

"I'm sorry. I said things that weren't true," he said in a statement. "I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers, and I'm determined to earn back their trust. I will greatly miss working with the team on Nightly News, but I know the broadcast will be in excellent hands with Lester Holt as anchor. I will support him 100% as he has always supported me. I am grateful for the chance to return to covering the news. My new role will allow me to focus on important issues and events in our country and around the world, and I look forward to it."

Brian Williams recants story about being shot down in Iraq

Williams voluntarily stepped down from his post in February after it was revealed that claims he had repeatedly made on-air about being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq in 2003 were false. After launching an internal investigation, NBCsuspended Williams for six months without pay.

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