Brian Williams will return to the anchor chair next week.

NBC News announced on Thursday that Williams, who underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this month, would return to "NBC Nightly News" on Tuesday, September 3.

Williams told viewers that he would undergo a knee replacement, leaving him at home to recuperate for a few weeks. The network told viewers that Williams' surgery went well, and the "Nightly News" anchor updated viewers on his condition a week later.

"As I told David Letterman a few weeks ago on his show: my goal is to come back to work way too early in my recovery, and try to anchor Nightly News while gooned on pain medication," Williams joked.

Lester Holt, who anchors the weekend edition of "Nightly News," filled in for Williams while he was away.

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