Brian Williams I'm Taking Myself Off the Air ... For Now

2/7/2015 1:56 PM PST

Brian Williams -- I'm Taking Myself Off the Air ... For Now

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Brian Williams says he is taking himself off the nightly news for a short time ... while NBC investigates an apparent lie he told about his helicopter being shot at in Iraq.

Williams said in a statement, "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions."

Williams continues, "As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days," but Williams says he will come back, adding, "Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us." 

This comes at a horrible time for NBC.  The network is in the middle of sweeps and it gives ABC and it's new anchor, David Muir, a big chance to capitalize on the turmoil over at 30 Rock.