Brian Williams stepping aside for ‘next several days’

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Brian Williams

NEW YORK — Brian Williams is stepping aside from his “NBC Nightly News” amid mounting questions about the accuracy of a story he told about an Iraq War mission in 2003.

“I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days,” he said in a memo to colleagues.

Williams, the subject of an internal investigation by NBC, said “it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.”

Lester Holt, anchor of NBC’s “Dateline,” will fill in for Williams.

Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,” Williams added.

Williams has a close relationship with Elon University. He serves on the School of Communications Advisory Board and his son graduated from Elon in 2013.

A Elon spokesperson told the Burlington Times-News that the recent controversy will not have an impact on the school’s relationship with Williams.

“He has explained his mistake and taken responsibility for it,” said Dan Anderson, vice president of university communications. “I don’t anticipate there being any changes.”