Brian Williams takes leave of absence from NBC News over Iraq war story

February 8, 2015 4:20 AM

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NEW YORK - Brian Williams, acknowledging intense criticism about his memories of war reporting in Iraq, is taking a leave of absence from the anchor chair at "NBC Nightly News."

In a memo Saturday to NBC News staff, the anchorman said he'd decided to take himself "off the daily broadcast for the next several days" so he could "adequately deal with the issue." Lester Holt, who is already William's backup and NBC's weekend anchor, will fill in.

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