The comedian unexpectedly tried to defend the Nightly News anchor during an interview

By Maria Mercedes Lara
February 15, 2015 08:25 PM
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Things got off to an awkward start for Saturday Night Live‘s 40th anniversary special when guest star Jim Carrey started talking about Brian Williams on the red carpet.

The frequent SNL host was being interviewed on the red carpet by Today co-anchor Matt Lauer on Sunday when he brought up Williams, who is currently weathering a massive scandal after he admitted to lying about being in a helicopter crash while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

“Can I ask you a question, you guys?” Jim asked Lauer. “Where are you hiding Brian Williams? Where is he?”

The NBC anchor looked visibly uncomfortable during the live red carpet segment and said, “Oh, look at the time.”

However, Carrey continued: “I just want to say something in his defense: If the helicopter in front of me gets hit, I m taking the story.”

On Monday, NBC announced that they would be suspending Williams from Nightly News for six months after he admitted to lying about being in a helicopter that was brought down by enemy fire while embedded with troops in Iraq.

Williams first publicly made the claim in 2013, but repeated the story on Jan. 30 during Nightly News. However, troops who were serving with Williams denied his story, saying that he was in a separate helicopter when a chopper was shot down. The anchor later admitted that his story was false, calling it a “mistake.”