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Brian Williams signs off NBC after 28 years – NBC10 Philadelphia

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MSNBC host and former “NBC Nightly News” editor and manager Brian Williams signed for the last time at NBC on Thursday night.

Williams ended his nightly MSNBC Show “The 11th Hour” by looking back at his 28 years with the network.

In his televised farewell, Williams also warned against extremism in the country.

“The truth is I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist,” he said. “I believe in this place and my love for my country, I give up to no one. But the darkness on the edge of town has spread to the main roads, the highway and the surrounding areas. It’s at the bar now. and the bowling alley at the school. The board in the grocery store.”

He also criticized elected officials who he said had “joined the crowd” and who had “decided to burn them all down with us inside.”

Williams’ departure comes exactly a month after it was reported that he planned to leave the company.

MSNBC President Rashida Jones said in a note to staff that Williams will be leaving at the end of the year to “spend time with family”.

She added that Williams broke “countless” big stories and attracted top journalists to his shows.

In his November note to colleagues, Williams wrote that “good friends are a great resource at NBC. I’m lucky that everyone I’ve worked with has made me do my job better.”

As the host of “NBC Nightly News” in 2015, Williams incorrectly told the story of the helicopter he was piloting being hit by a rocket grenade. He was suspended by the network and, upon suspension, transferred to MSNBC.

At the time, Williams apologized online and said he had “made the mistake of recalling the events of 12 years ago”.

Lester Holt then took over as the main host of “NBC Nightly News”.

Williams has not spoken publicly about his plans for the future but in November notes to NBC staff, he wrote that he has many things he hopes to do and hopes he will “turn up a somewhere again.”

In his parting words on Thursday night, he echoed that sentiment.

“I would probably find it impossible to shut up and stay away from you (the viewer) and the light and the camera,” he said. “After I experimented with relaxation and found out what I missed and what was there.”

He also thanked the staff and crew who have worked with him over the years and his longtime audience.

“Every weeknight for decades now, I’ve said some version of the same thing: ‘Thank you for being here with us,'” he concluded. “We, literally the people who produce this broadcast for you. And you… Well, no friend, do not have we.

“I’ll show myself until we meet again. That’s our broadcast this Thursday night. Thank you for being here with us. And to all of our colleagues. me at the NBC News network, good night.”

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