Williams now backing out of ‘Letterman’ gig

Williams now backing out of ‘Letterman’ gig

[Ed. – Now there’s a (bleeping) surprise.]

Brian Williams is backing out of his scheduled appearance on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” citing the uncertainty about when he’ll be back at his anchor desk.

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor is at the center of a growing scandal over his inaccurate recounting of an Iraq War mission in 2003. He said on Saturday that he would take a hiatus from the evening news “for the next several days.”

But until Sunday afternoon he was still scheduled to show up for his date with Letterman on Thursday.

The sudden change reflects the chaotic situation behind the scenes at NBC News and among Williams’ representatives.

On Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the “Late Show” said there had been no change to the plans for Williams to appear on Letterman’s show. …

Later in the day, the same source said the appearance was off. Williams has no other television appearances on the books.

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