- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2015

In his first interview since his suspension in February, NBC’s Brian Williams admitted that his desire to embellish stories was “clearly ego-driven.”

“This came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside me,” Mr. Williams told Matt Lauer in a taped interview on NBC’s “Today” show.

“This was clearly ego-driven, the desire to better my role in a story I was already in,” he said.

Mr. Williams said his desire to be “sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else” drove him to exaggerate personal stories, particularly on late-night talk shows and other similar forums, CNN reported.

“I know why people feel the way they do,” he said. “I get this. I am responsible for this. I am sorry for what happened here. I am different as a result, and I expect to be held to a different standard.”

NBC announced Thursday that Lester Holt would be the permanent anchor of “Nightly News,” ending Mr. Williams‘ 10-year reign. The veteran news anchor will be staying at the network in a reduced role, mainly by anchoring breaking news coverage for MSNBC.

“As you would imagine, this was a difficult decision,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, said Thursday, CNN reported. “Brian Williams has been with NBC News for a very long time, and he has covered countless news events with honor and skill. As I said in February, we believe in second chances, and I am hopeful that this new beginning will be good for Brian and the organization.”

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