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Williams will be moving to MSNBC in the wake of controversy over false claims he made about his time in Iraq in 2003

June 18, 2015 10:20 PM

Brian Williams is apologizing to viewers and colleagues in the wake of his removal as anchor of NBC’s Nightly News.

The network announced Thursday that he would be moving to MSNBC after a six-month suspension for making false claims about his time spent in Iraq in 2003.

“I’m sorry. I said things that weren’t true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers, and I’m determined to earn back their trust,” Williams, 56, said in a statement on Thursday, according to Variety.

He is being replaced by Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Williams since he was suspended in February.

“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,” Williams continued. “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.”

Williams has spoken to Matt Lauer in an interview that will air on Today on Friday morning and on Nightly News on Friday night.

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