If what Page Six is saying turns out to be true, then NBC building security should expect to see this face asking them “Hey, can I just pop in real quick to collect my stuff?” sometime in the near future.
According to Page Six, “sources” claim there’s a very good chance Brian Williams is not coming back after his six-month suspension is up in August. Apparently important types at NBC will be deciding sometime this week whether they’ll allow him to return to the NBC Nightly News desk once he has finished his time-out for lying about his time in Iraq, and it doesn’t look good for BriWi.
“The talks are complicated and are ongoing, and there has not yet been a deal. But it is likely he won’t be back in the ‘Nightly’ anchor chair. A decision could be made as early as this week, if all sides can reach an agreement.”
Page Six is also saying that once Brian Williams is officially given walking papers, his suspension substitute Lester Holt will take over and be the new permanent host of the NBC Nightly News. But don’t cry for BriWi just yet; those same sources say that NBC wants to keep him around, just not at the Nightly News desk. So basically he’s fired, but not fired-fired, because they don’t want a messy lawsuit.
If NBC really wants to keep Brian Williams around, they should stick him in the fourth hour of the TODAY show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. It’s pretty much a perfect solution for both parties. Perfect for NBC, because there’s no harsher punishment than having Kathie Lee screech into your ear for an entire hour. And perfect for Brian Williams, because once his mouth starts telling lies again, he can just blame it on the wine.