If you are wondering how NBC can dump Brian Williams, but not pay off his $10 million dollar a year contract, you just need to look in the NBC handbook at the "morality clause."
“If artist commits any act or becomes involved in any situation, or occurrence, which brings artist into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or which justifiably shocks, insults or offends a significant portion of the community, or if publicity is given to any such conduct . . . company shall have the right to terminate.”’
Looking at that line alone and you see that NBC has more than enough reason to fire BriWi.
At this point, if NBC keeps Williams, it will go down as one of the dumbest moves ever made in the broadcast news industry (and that's saying a lot).
What you will likely to see is that NBC will work out an exit agreement with Williams, that will pay Williams a handy sum to stay quiet.
Williams has lawyered up with Bob Barnett, the distinguished attorney who also repped Ann Curry during her dealings with NBC.
H/T Page Six