Suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams has withdrawn from a hosting job he had scheduled. The AP reports that Williams opted out of the PBS presentation of the inaugural Lincoln Awards, which is set to air Friday.
First lady Michelle Obama will reportedly step in with a filmed introduction. The program honors those who support U.S. veterans and military families.
The event taped in January and features appearances by Nick Jonas, Gavin DeGraw and Jerry Lewis, the report notes.
“Lincoln Awards co-founder Cappy McGarr says Williams asked to be removed from the PBS broadcast because he didn’t want to be a distraction,” the AP reports.
Rocker Bruce Springsteen and Segway inventor and bionic arm creator Dean Kamen are among the honorees.