Brian williams nbc nightly news

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced on Thursday’s show that he will be taking a leave of absence to have knee surgery.

The 54 year-old host is expected to miss several weeks with Lester Holt filling in beginning mid-next week.

Williams said he injured the leg years ago while playing high school football.

“I’ve been in pain for 35 years,” he said. “I reached a point recently in the last 12 months where I decided this has to happen and to be mathematical about it.”

Williams took over as NBC Nightly News anchor in 2004.

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