Unfortunately it wasn’t an April Fools joke. At the end of Sunday’s NBC Nightly News, John Seigenthaler announced that he is leaving the anchor desk. It came as a shock to viewers:
| “This is my last broadcast on NBC Nightly News. It’s been my privilege to be associated with this news organization for the last 11 years, so a few thank you’s are in order.|
First, thanks to my colleagues, my friends in New York and around the world for their inspiration and support. A special thanks to you the viewers for your loyalty to this network and in particular this broadcast. And thanks to my dear family — finally, we’ve got our weekends back.
I’m John Seigenthaler, reporting from New York. For all of us at NBC News, good night.