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NBC Scrubs Brian Williams' Name From "Nightly News"

The network removed the embattled anchor's name from its broadcast, website and social media pages. Lester Holt, who is filling in as anchor, said it has been a "difficult" situation.

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A day after NBC announced that it would be suspending Nightly News anchor Brian Williams over his Iraq war helicopter story, the network expunged all references of the embattled journalist from its broadcast, website and social media platforms.

The network changed the name of the broadcast from NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams to simply NBC Nightly News.


NBC News announced Tuesday night that it would be suspending Williams from his position for six months, following an investigation into a story he told about Iraq.

Williams' story came under scrutiny after Stars and Stripes reported U.S. military personnel disputed his story that he was aboard a helicopter downed in Iraq in 2003.

Williams apologized for "misremembering" the story on Feb. 4, and said on Saturday that he was temporarily stepping down because it had "become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions." He has not said anything publicly since his suspension was announced.

Lester Holt, who is filling in as anchor of Nightly News, went on air Wednesday night to talk about how difficult the situation has been:

"Now if I may on a personal note say it is an enormously difficult story to report — Brian is a member of our family, but so are you, our viewers, and we will work every night to be worthy of your trust," Holt said.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.

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