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Brian Williams Debuts On MSNBC Sept. 22

He won't have a dedicated news hour and he'll take a pay cut.

Scorned former NBC news anchor Brian Williams will soon be back on the air.

He'll join sister network MSNBC on Sept. 22, as a breaking news and special reports anchor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's a far cry from his legendary "Nightly News" days, which ended after it was discovered he had lied about his reporting experiences in Iraq. 

Williams is expected to cover Pope Francis' September visit to the United States, among other live breaking news assignments. He'll  work on various afternoon programs, but won't have a dedicated news hour, executives told The Hollywood Reporter.

He'll also take a pay cut, despite signing a five-year deal worth $10 million per year last December.

Williams came under scrutiny in January after telling different versions of a story about being aboard a U.S. military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the first days of the Iraq war in 2003.

He was suspended without pay in February after admitting that the story was fabricated.

"I'm sorry. I said things that weren't true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers and I'm determined to earn back their trust," Williams said in a statement in June.

Lester Holt has anchored the "Nightly News" show since Williams was suspended in February, and in June was confirmed as the permanent anchor of NBC's flagship news program.

At the time Williams said he will miss working with the team at "Nightly News" but knew it was in good hands with Holt.

Reuters contributed to this report.