Brian Williams edited out of upcoming PBS broadcast

Brian Williams Edited Out Of PBS Lincoln Awards Ceremony
Brian Williams Edited Out Of PBS Lincoln Awards Ceremony

PBS has editing out disgraced "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams from its Friday night broadcast of the previously-recorded Lincoln Awards ceremony.

The Lincoln Awards recognize excellence in providing support to veterans and their families. This year's ceremony was hosted by Brian Williams in January, shortly before it was exposed he exaggerated his experiences in reporting during the Iraq War. The 56-year-old host is currently on a six month suspension from NBC.

According to the New York Daily News, Friday night's broadcast will instead open with a taped introduction from First Lady Michelle Obama. The co-founder of the awards says Williams bowed out voluntarily because he didn't want to be a distraction.

The quiet and subtle blow is the latest in a series the once-prominent news anchor has been dealt since his exaggerations came to light. NBC's Lester Holt has been filing in for Williams on the broadcast since he was suspended without pay for a 6-month period starting in February.

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