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Brian Williams returns to NBC family in smaller role

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He will now primarily work on MSNBC's breaking news desk. (Screengrab/MSNBC)

Brian Williams returned to the anchor desk Tuesday after a six-month suspension due to his falsifying accounts of his time reporting in Iraq.

The former "NBC Nightly News" anchor quietly went back on the air earlier today, anchoring live breaking news as part of MSNBC's coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.

Williams, who worked at NBC for 22 years, was suspended in February after an investigation into his claims that in 2003, he was in a helicopter that was hit with enemy fire and forced to make a crash landing in Iraq.

After veterans from the convoy questioned the validity of those events, Williams was forced to recant his story on air. NBC promptly suspended him for six months and, upon his return, demoted him to MSNBC.

He will now primarily work on MSNBC's breaking news desk, but he will occasionally help out with "NBC Nightly News" live special reports when Lester Holt, Williams' replacement on the network's flagship program, is not available.