Howard Explains How Brian Williams Blew His Second Chance
King of All Media reveals how the embattled newsman could have saved faceJune 22, 2015
At the open of Monday’s show, Howard wanted to take a few minutes to address the disgraced Brian Williams’ disastrous interview with Matt Lauer from last week. Williams was infamously caught in a series of lies — most notably about an incident during the 2003 invasion of Iraq — back in February and was ultimately suspended from broadcasting for six months by NBC.
The former Nightly News anchor sat down for the first time since his suspension with Matt Lauer in what Howard thought was a “train wreck” of an interview. “You couldn’t have had a worse PR moment than this interview,” he said, explaining Lauer asked simple questions and the “veteran” journalist seemed to implode.
“All he had to do, if I may say so with some humility,” Howard explained, “Is say this: ‘You know Matt, what happened to me at first was unexplainable. I could not figure out what I was up to. I was in some sort of denial. I’ve been working on myself for five months and I’m going to tell you something. I lied. I lied because I wanted to be something more than I am. I wanted to be the hippest guy in the room.'”
Listen below for more thoughts from the King of All Media on the debacle.