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Despite The Lie, Brian Williams’ ’11th Hour’ Debuts Sept. 6

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Second chances can be beautiful.

As he continues to prove himself as a journalist who won’t lie or exaggerate reality to the point of no recognition, MSNBC’s Brian Williams has landed himself his own show: The 11th Hour With Brian Williams.

The program debuts Sept. 6. And it’ll be LIVE.

The network says that weeknight program “will provide a unique look at the major political stories of the day, the campaign news breaking at that hour, and the headlines that will lead the next morning.”

He’ll anchor the program from Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. Patrick Burkey is executive producer.

“This new assignment is a natural extension of the hundreds of hours of political coverage Brian has anchored through this campaign cycle so far,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a release. “He and Rachel Maddow and the team have been great on the big nights, and now he’ll build on MSNBC’s primetime momentum by taking us live into the 11pm hour every night.”

Williams also weighed in on the show.

“We want a broadcast that will feel like a continuation of the conversation we’ve had all during this unprecedented campaign season,” he said. “As the general election ramps up, there’s an opportunity to assess and discuss the campaign at the end of each day. With the help of the very best team in the business, we hope to offer some closure and sanity in addition to previewing where the campaigns are headed next.”

Williams maybe should have not used the word “sanity.” An anchor who once completely fabricated an entire event or three that didn’t happen is probably not the best person to use that word.

In February of 2015, reports first surfaced that William had embellished and all out lied about events that he anchored. He was subsequently put on a six-month suspension. He first returned to MSNBC in September of 2015 and has been regularly covering breaking news events.

It’s hard to deny this about Williams: He’s nonetheless still likable and trustworthy in his own way. He’s among the best in the business at filling airspace with gibberish and sounding intelligent while he does it.

So congrats to Williams on the new gig.