These Celebrities Are Pissed Off About Brian Williams’ Suspension from NBC

Last night, NBC announced that it has suspended Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay. The decision comes after his admission that he exaggerated a 2003 story in which he claimed to have been in a helicopter that was shot at during the Iraq War.

It’s a major blow for the network, as Williams drew in 9.3 million viewers a night and made Nightly News the top rated evening news program. Below is NBC News President Deborah Turness’ statement on his suspension:


We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.

Our review, which is being led by Richard Esposito working closely with NBCUniversal General Counsel Kim Harris, is ongoing, but I think it is important to take you through our thought process in coming to this decision.

While on Nightly News on Friday, January 30, 2015, Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.

Over the years, Williams has proven to be a fan favorite not just among regular viewers, but also in Hollywood (thanks to his collaborations with Jimmy Fallon and cameos on 30 Rock). Here, some celebrities sound off on their frustration with NBC’s decision, while others unfortunately take the opportunity to kick him while he’s down. Yeah, we’re looking at you, Donald Trump.

While some celebrities questioned Williams’ suspension…

And some took it as an opportunity to crack a joke…

A few did come out in support of NBC’s decision.

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Tara Aquino is an entertainment writer based out of L.A. She likes people, places, and things.