Brian Williams wanted to quit NBC news to host 'Tonight Show'?

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Brian Williams Actually Wanted to Be a Late Night Host

INSIDE EDITION -- The disgraced Nightly News anchor really, really, wanted to be a late-night talk show host!

According to an exposé in New York Magazine, Williams first lobbied for Jay Leno's chair on the Tonight Show on NBC, and when that failed, he made a bid to replace David Letterman on the Late Show!

New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman says, "Last year, as he was looking to re-sign his contract, he looked, he talked with CBS CEO Les Moonves about replacing David Letterman, and that didn't work out. So, you can see Brian was trying to get out of news and into the comedy world."

Williams, who once hosted Saturday Night Live, reportedly told friends he felt "embraced" by the entertainment community, more so than his colleagues at NBC News.

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(L-R) Journalist Tom Brokaw, Bob Wright and Brian Williams attend Library of Science, Industry & Business 1st 100 Days Gala on October 21, 1996 at the New York Public Library in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Brian Williams and wife attend Tribeca Talks Directors Series at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2011 in New York City
Brian Williams with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson at Stand Up To Cancer. Kodak Theater, Hollywood, CA. 09-05-08
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Brian and Jane Williams attend American Museum of Natural History Gala on November 18, 2010 in New York, City.
NEW YORK - APRIL 22: News Anchor Brian Williams and wife Jane attend the Vanity Fair Party during the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at State Supreme Courthouse on April 22, 2009 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: NBC News Anchor Brian Williams speaks onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)
NEW YORK - MARCH 16: Anchor Brian Williams (C), Jane Stoddard Williams (R) and Allison Williams (L) attend the premiere of 'Duplicity' at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Allison Williams, Brian Williams and wife Jane Stoddard Williams attend the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Brian Williams and Allison Williams attend the Breast Cancer Foundation's Hot Pink Party at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actress Allison Williams, Brian Williams and wife Jane Stoddard Williams attending the 2011 American Museum of Natural History gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on November 10, 2011.
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In fact, he was apparently "haunted" by his predecessor, Tom Brokaw.

According to New York Magazine, he once called Brokaw a ghost who "is still walking the building."

Sherman told INSIDE EDITION, "Tom Brokaw traveled the world, he had been a reporter. Brian Williams came out of local news. He always felt he wasn't a grizzled reporter who had been out in the field and so I think he felt that pressure to pump himself up to more than who he was which is perhaps why he embellished those stories."

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