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Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:18 PM

Brian Williams is leaving MSNBC

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I think he probably got signed somewhere else but can't say yet.



“Following much reflection, and after 28 years with the company, I have decided to leave NBC upon the completion of my current contract in December,” Mr. Williams wrote in a statement on Tuesday. “I have been truly blessed. I have been allowed to spend almost half of my life with one company. NBC is a part of me and always will be.”

Mr. Williams revealed no immediate plans for a new on-air role. “This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another,” he wrote. “There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere.”

A person familiar with Mr. Williams’s decision-making who requested anonymity to share private conversations said the anchor would consider his options and hoped to return to television or another media platform soon.



Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, has been seeking high-wattage talent for a new streaming service, CNN+, which is set to start in 2022. Mr. Zucker approached Ms. Maddow about a job before she decided to renew her deal at MSNBC, a discussion first reported by Puck News.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/09/business/media/brian-williams-msnbc.html?campaign_id=60&emc=edit_na_20211109&instance_id=0&nl=breaking-news&ref=cta®i_id=72416910&segment_id=73952&user_id=20a86bb77f8705e060212c90659bdb01

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Reply Brian Williams is leaving MSNBC (Original post)
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 OP
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2021 #1
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 #3
lindysalsagal Nov 2021 #11
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2021 #12
hlthe2b Nov 2021 #14
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2021 #19
Haggard Celine Nov 2021 #2
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 #5
FakeNoose Nov 2021 #4
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 #10
Grasswire2 Nov 2021 #6
shanti Nov 2021 #7
TomSlick Nov 2021 #8
oregonjen Nov 2021 #9
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 #13
hlthe2b Nov 2021 #15
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 #20
nilram Nov 2021 #16
vanlassie Nov 2021 #17
Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2021 #18
PortTack Nov 2021 #21
JoanofArgh Nov 2021 #22
Xolodno Nov 2021 #23
liberalmediaaddict Nov 2021 #24
C_U_L8R Nov 2021 #25
renate Nov 2021 #26
BannonsLiver Nov 2021 #27
A HERETIC I AM Nov 2021 #28
electric_blue68 Nov 2021 #29
LetMyPeopleVote Nov 2021 #30
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2021 #31

Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:22 PM

1. That's too bad, he's had the opportunity to really speak out on his later hour show

He often signs off with a video from The Lincoln Project or The Daily Show...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:24 PM

3. He had a very dry sense of humor. I liked his show.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:29 PM

11. Agreed.

Irreplaceable.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:30 PM

12. So did I, and it seemed like he enjoyed the opportunity to speak out

Which he didn't have as a prime time news anchor.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:34 PM

14. I agree. I will definitely miss him.

CNN came close to successfully recruiting Rachel Maddow. Having failed, I'd BET they would go after Williarms--especially with Cuomo's unfortunate conflicts recently.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 09:08 PM

19. You're right. MSNBC prime time is doing well in the ratings.

I generally don't watch CNN, but it appears that the only standouts they still have now, with Cuomo's current issues, are Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:22 PM

2. Well that sucks!

He's my favorite one on the network. Love his humor!

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Response to Haggard Celine (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:25 PM

5. Mine too.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:24 PM

4. OK, I'm guessing he heard what Rachel's new contract is worth?



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:29 PM

10. Rachel's not going to be on every night anymore , either. Curious who they'll

replace them with.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:26 PM

6. nooooooooooooooooo

I find his manner and sign-off soothing.

Damn.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:26 PM

7. Oh no!

Sad to hear that, as I like his reporting style.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:26 PM

8. That's too bad.

I like his show, when I can stay up that late.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:29 PM

9. Did CNN get him?

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:30 PM

13. I don't know. He said in the article he's not retiring. I hope so.

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Response to oregonjen (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:37 PM

15. I'd bet so. After they failed to get Rachel Maddow, it would be a "no-brainer" for them to

go after Williams--especially with the tarnish that Cuomo bears right now.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 09:09 PM

20. I bet you're right.

NYT article on Williams also mentioned this : Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, has been seeking high-wattage talent for a new streaming service, CNN+, which is set to start in 2022. Mr. Zucker approached Ms. Maddow about a job before she decided to renew her deal at MSNBC, a discussion first reported by Puck News.



Hope he replaces Cuomo , though.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:39 PM

16. Hoping he'll guest host on SNL...

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:41 PM

17. Now how are we gonna keep track of how many days into the

Presidency we are??? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 08:55 PM

18. He was a great anchor on election nights. Just the right mix of gravitas and humor.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 09:31 PM

21. If he goes to cnn I can only imagine they will not allow him the same latitude.

On cnn he will become some watered down version..cnn is owned by right wing media.

Sad!

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Response to PortTack (Reply #21)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 09:36 PM

22. They allow Jim Acosta lots of latitude. Have you ever watched him?

Brian will be fine. MSNBC/NBC are owned by Comcast.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 09:42 PM

23. I think his demotion actually helped his career.

As an anchor, you are probably limited. Out of that spot, he could say and do more.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 10:37 PM

25. I like his wit

I hope his next network appreciates it even more.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 11:08 PM

26. This makes me SO SAD

Crap. I love him. I hope he comes back really soon on whatever network he's going to.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 11:15 PM

27. Andrea Mitchell is the exception

Which is unfortunate. But TV news personalities aren’t typically as old as Williams is. I’m fairly certain Andrea is the oldest person on any of the cable nets, stubbornly holding on to the camera with every fiber in her being.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 11:25 PM

28. He's one day older than I am.

Ever since I found that out, I've enjoyed his broadcasts even more!

I hope he is successful wherever he ends up.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Nov 9, 2021, 11:59 PM

29. Oh, drat. I, too, enjoy his wit

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 01:08 AM

30. Brian Williams, longtime anchor and @MSNBC host, to leave NBC after nearly 3 decades.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Nov 10, 2021, 02:28 AM

31. Here's the video for those who missed it:

A Message From Brian Williams
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017692603

In tonight’s “Last thing before we go” we hear a message from Brian on his career at NBC.

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