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Report: NBC Can't Quit Brian Williams, Wants to Keep Him Around

Would you stay in business with him?

Tim Surette

You'd think that a man who was once a trusted news source but was disgraced when it was revealed that he made up some of his most-famous personal stories on the frontlines would be easy to leave behind. But that's not the case for NBC and Brian Williams.

The network is seeking ways to keep Williams on the payroll, CNN reports. NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, a supporter of Williams, is asking his staff to "think creatively" about ways to retain Williams, possibly in a new role in the department. Lack obviously hopes viewers take a forgive-and-forget approach with Williams, whose image took a major blow with his shenanigans.

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Another option would be to part ways with Williams completely following a financial settlement since Williams is still under contract. That would provide the proper severing of ties with Williams, but might also stoke a messy breakup.

Williams, the former face of NBC Nightly News, was regarded as one of the best newsmen in the business until February, when it was discovered that he embellished several first-hand accounts, including lying about being on a downed helicopter while on a 2003 Iraq War mission. NBC suspended Williams for six months.

What would you do with Brian Williams? The easy solution is for Williams to pursue a rap career, duh.

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