He suggested that the show will continue — just without him.
“I ask all those of you who are a part of our loyal viewing audience to remain loyal,” Williams said on the show. “The 11th Hour will remain in good hands produced by the best team in cable news.”
Williams has not said what his next move will be, but announced earlier on Tuesday evening that he would leave the network after his contract ends in December.
He complete comments from the show below:
“Before we go tonight, as the old song says, ‘We got a thing going on.’ Think about it. We’ve been meeting this way at this same time, this same place for an awful long while, five years give or take. Next year is my 40th year in the business. The earth was still cooling, in fact, when I started as a reporter. And so that got me to thinking and and that led me to write something that we made public earlier tonight. And in case you missed it or demanded a dramatic reading, here it is, and it reads like this:
“Following much reflection and after 28 years with the company, I have decided to leave NBC upon the completion of my current contract in December. I have been truly blessed. I have been allowed to spend almost half my life with one company. NBC is a part of me and always will be. Twenty eight years, 38 countries, eight Olympic Games, seven presidential elections, half a dozen presidents, a few wars, and one SNL. Good friends were in great supply at NBC. I was fortunate that every one I worked with made me better at my job. I have had the best colleagues imaginable. That includes great bosses. I was on the air for the launch of MSNBC. My return years later was my choice. As was launching The 11th Hour that I’m as proud of as the decade I spent anchoring Nightly News.
“I wanted it to be called The 11th Hour as it was it was late in the 2016 campaign back then, and I wanted it to air at 11 PM Eastern time. I ask all those of you who are a part of our loyal viewing audience to remain loyal. The 11th Hour will remain in good hands produced by the best team in cable news. Special thanks are due to our guests on The 11th Hour. The journalists who made our broadcast what it was, they are our stars and in this era, stars have Pulitzers.
“This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another. There are many things I want to do and I’ll pop up again somewhere. For the next few months. I’ll be with my family, the people I love most, the people who enable my career to happen. I will reflect on the kindness people have shown me and I will pay it forward. So that’s all of it. And we get to meet here in this way for a few more weeks. And the good news is you get to keep watching. As I said The 11th Hour is way bigger than any one man or woman. The truth is, our secret has always been, it’s always about our guests. That will never change.”
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