Brian Williams taking himself off air temporarily

February 7, 2015 9:59 PM

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Brian Williams taking himself off air temporarily

Brian Williams is stepping away temporarily from the "NBC Nightly News" amid questions about his memories of war coverage in Iraq, saying it has become "painfully apparent" to him that he has become a distracting news story.

In a memo Saturday to NBC News staff that was released by the network, the anchorman said that as managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" he is taking himself off the broadcast for several days. Lester Holt will fill in, Williams said.

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