Brian Williams will be off the air during a leave of absence for surgery to replace a knee that was damaged in a high school football game decades ago. Williams made the announcement Thursday.
“If you don’t see me around here for a while, this is the reason why,” the NBC News anchor said after discussing his knee replacement surgery in a story by Dr. Nancy Snyderman.
The anchor of television’s top-rated evening news show said he’s had three previous surgeries on his right knee, but the pain was becoming more of an issue. When it began costing him sleep, Williams said he realized it was time to take care of it. Williams is 54.
This will be his fourth knee surgery. The longtime NBC anchor’s knee problems stem from suffering an injury to his right knee in a high school football game in 1977.
Williams first announced he was undergoing the surgery during his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on July 17.
“I’m going in for the knee replacement. I’m going in for the whole titanium thing,” he said.
Lester Holt will fill in for him. NBC isn’t saying when the surgery will be.