What does that mean? Like his asshole? Was the tumor in his asshole? *sad-face*. Brian Williams has had a rough time of it. He was revealed to be a tall tale teller which is a no-no when you’re getting paid millions to anchor the NBC Nightly News. He had to watch his daughter get her ass eaten on Girls. He’s been demoted to MSNBC and replaced by the dude whose chiefly known for saying things like “…and now the conclusion of Passion Pit Patricide in Pittsburgh on tonight’s Dateline NBC.” This morning, however, he hit his bottom. In an effort to hang on to some sort of career, Williams was forced into an interview with the insufferably smug Matt Lauer.
During their discussion, Brian blamed his fanciful tales of Iraq War chopper derring-do on “ego“, and claims he was trying to come off as cooler than the other kids.
“This came from clearly a bad place, a bad urge inside me. This was clearly ego-driven, a desire to better my role in a story I was already in. That’s what I’ve been tearing apart and unpacking and analyzing.”
Lauer, clearly enjoying administering the journalistic equivalent of a colonoscopy sans anesthesia to a formerly envied colleague, made sure Brian explained that he was an insecure neurotic in every way possible.
“It had to have been ego that made me think I had to be sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else. I told the story correctly for years, before I told it incorrectly. I was not trying to mislead people, (and) that to me is a huge difference. It came from a bad place. It came from a sloppy choice of words. I told stories that were not true. Over the years, looking back, it is very clear I never intended to. It got mixed up, it got turned around, in my mind.”
Money kills brain cells. And sanity. He could have coasted along as the catty bitch running the news game at NBC. Now he’s going to have endure Tamron Hall offering him the banana from her brown bag lunch in the break room and Rachel Maddow instructing her assistant to make sure Brian knows to address her as MIZ Maddow, thank you.
Check out Matt Lauer’s interview with Brian Williams below.