This afternoon, for the first time after a six-month suspension without pay, Brian Williams returned to the air. As live news anchor at MSNBC, Williams covered Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, which stopped at Andrews Air Force Base. But he did not mention why he had been absent, much less demoted to MSNBC.
How many ways can Brian Williams sidestep admitting he made up a bunch of stories to look cool? Quite a few, it turns out.
Allison Williams, a woman who has not (to the best of my knowledge) ever undergone a DNA paternity test, says you can trust her father.
It's difficult, these days, to find examples of the name Brian Williams not being preceded by the word "disgraced," but is the suspended newsman as much of a pariah in New York City at large as he is in journalism circles? To figure out, we ran a (highly scientific) experiment. Gawker, posing as the personal assistants to Brian Williams, Geraldo Rivera, and Allison Williams, called 15 of New York's most exclusive restaurants to see who has the most clout. Congratulations to Geraldo, King of New York!
NBC News has suspended Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay, effective immediately. The punishment follows revelations that, over the past decade, Williams misrepresented several details about his experience reporting in Baghdad, Iraq. Most significantly, Williams said a formation of helicopters in which he was flying encountered enemy fire and was eventually forced to land—a story that eyewitnesses have strongly challenged. Under his new contract, Williams would have been paid $10 million per year.
Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon have a thriving musical partnership, wherein Fallon has someone on his staff remix clips of Williams into hip-hop cover songs, and Williams good-naturedly plays along. Once a year or so, Honey Bri-Bri also makes an appearance on Fallon's "Slow Jam the News" segment, where he returned last night to discuss immigration reform.
Allison Williams must be so embarrassed right now. Her dad, Brian, "reported" on the NBC Nightly News tonight her casting in NBC's forthcoming live production of Peter Pan. "Family members confirm that she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of three and they look forward to seeing her fly," he said on-air.
Rapper/newsman Brian Williams has been studying hard to land an invite to his daughter's Bachelorette viewing party, and he's formed some strong opinions about Andi Dorfman and the guys vying for her affection. And Iowa. Brian Williams doesn't really trust people from Iowa.
NBC Nightly News anchor and occasional rapper Brian Williams got the supercut treatment from The Tonight Show—again, this time for Sir Mix-A-Lot's ode to derriere, "Baby Got Back." It includes a particularly inspired cameo choice for the song-making, "make me so horny" lyric. Keep rapping and "rapping," BriWi.
Newsman and loyal Gawker customer Brian Williams recently appeared on The Tonight Show to thank Jimmy Fallon for upping his credibility in the rap game with a series of remixes of Williams performing hip-hop classics like "Gin and Juice" and "Rapper's Delight." But Williams lamented that he doesn't get to pick his own songs.