BRIAN Williams will be leaving NBC News and MSNBC at the end of this year after a 28-year career.

The anchorman announced the news on Tuesday, expressing his gratitude to NBC.

“This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another,” said Wiliams in a statement. “There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere.”

Williams has anchored The 11th Hour for the past 5 years. He thanked his audience for their “loyal” viewing of the show and says the program will “remain in good hands.”

Williams was key in the launch of the MSNBC news channel in 1996 and became a well-known figure as part of NBC Nightly News.

After it was reported that Williams exaggerated some stories, Williams was suspended from Nightly in 2015 and replaced by Lester Holt.

However, Williams was able to rebuild his career after the scandal and earn the trust of his viewers once again.

“28 years, 38 countries, 8 Olympic games, 7 Presidential elections, half a dozen Presidents, a few wars, and one SNL,” said Williams of his career.

A source close to Williams claims that the anchorman was offered a new contract by NBC however it’s unclear why he declined it.

Reportedly Williams, now a free agent for the first time in nearly 30 years, will be taking the chance to spend more time with his family including his wife Jane and two children.

“I will reflect on the kindness people have shown me, and I will pay it forward,” he said.

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