NBC News pulled Brian Williams off the air for six months, but the network is reportedly keeping its options open to make it permanent.
And Williams is ready to fight back.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports sources have told it language known as a “public morals clause” appears in NBC News employee contracts:
If artist commits any act or becomes involved in any situation, or occurrence, which brings artist into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or which justifiably shocks, insults or offends a significant portion of the community, or if publicity is given to any such conduct . . . company shall have the right to terminate.
The jury is still out with NBC on whether the network will interpret Williams lying about his Iraq experiences as a breach worthy of giving him the axe.
But Williams is taking no chances, lawyering up with well-known attorney Bob Barnett, Page Six reported on Monday.
There’s a lot at stake: Williams contract with NBC is worth $10 million over a five year term.
Twitter users are more clear on the issue.
Don’t fire Brian Williams! Make him the host of a new edition of “What’s My Line?”
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 10, 2015
Science! Brian Williams has slipped from #23 to #835 most trusted humanoid in America, allegedly: http://t.co/PlCCBcI5Uv
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) February 10, 2015
— Lyman G DeLiguori Sr (@LGLDSR1) February 13, 2015
Another tall tale from Brian Williams? http://t.co/jxiquQlj2O Enough, terminate this liar.
— Tony Cota (@topcota1SG) February 8, 2015
— Aimee (@AimeeSpencer) February 6, 2015