Brian Williams to take himself off NBC Nightly News for next ‘several days’

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — 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.

In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.