Poor Brian Williams: Even though his “NBC Nightly News” broadcast continues to lead in the ratings, on Tuesday night he had the thankless task of responding to David Letterman’s relentless interrogation about the flurry of gossip surrounding his network’s more troubled franchises, “Today” and “Tonight.”
Letterman pressed the anchor about the upheaval at NBC, starting with “Today.” Last year’s messy replacement of Ann Curry is back in the news this week, thanks to a dishy New York magazine cover story that chronicles the whole affair in excruciating detail.
“I’m the soul of discretion. A few months ago there was some trouble at NBC on the vaunted morning show, what do they call it, ‘Today Show,’” Letterman began, feigning absent-mindedness in that way he does so well.
Clearly uncomfortable, Bri-Wi tried to dodge the questions with a little humor: “Please, please tell me I’m going to wake up and it’s going to be morning and I’m going to say, ‘Hey, I’m doing 'Dave' tonight, that was just a dream.”