The New York Times, reporting on the six month suspension of Brian Williams, dropped this item in their article:
Mr. Williams, who succeeded Mr. Brokaw in 2004, transcended the news division, and had ambitions beyond the anchor chair. About five years ago, as NBC was contemplating who would eventually replace Jay Leno as host of “The Tonight Show,” he told top NBC executives that he was interested in becoming a late-night host, possibly succeeding Mr. Leno. They called the idea ridiculous, telling him that he was a journalist, not a comedian, and to stick to the news department, according to two industry executives with knowledge of the discussions.
Ironically, Williams’ suspension came the same day that late night host Jon Stewart announced he was stepping away from “The Daily Show.”
Read more at NY Times.