The Girls actress finally broke her silence about the 55-year-old journalist’s suspension during a Q&A with Seth Meyers Wednesday, saying viewers can still trust her dad.
“This has been a really hard time,” Allison said. “We have also been very lucky, counting our blessings. We have our health. We have each other. It’s been incredible to experience the outreach from people you love, family, friends, and then people we don’t even know, strangers, just reaching out saying we want him back on TV. It’s been tough, though. Obviously, toughest on my dad, who bears the full burden of responsibility for it.”
Brian, who served as a war correspondent for NBC, recently admitted to fabricating a number of stories, including one in which he said he was in a helicopter in Iraq that was shot down in 2003. In reality, Brian was in a helicopter traveling about 30 minutes behind the aircraft that was shot down.
“One thing the experience has not done is shake my trust and belief in him as a man,” Allison said. “He’s a really good man. He’s an honest man. He’s a truthful man. He has so much integrity. He cares so much about journalism. And yes, he’s a really good dad. I know you can trust him because, as any good daughter does, I’ve tested him on that.”
Allison admitted that postponing her wedding to Ricky Van Veen was due in part to Brian’s suspension, which began Feb. 10. But she also said she’s been too busy with work commitments to really get into wedding planning.
“It’s been a very full year,” she admitted. “You sort of think, ‘What could possibly come along that would make me not think about this?’ And then I get Peter Pan and I think, ‘OK, I will think only about Neverland and then we’ll go back to planning our wedding.’ Then current events started happening, so that derailed it a little bit, but it has been this really beautiful through line in our lives. It’s just something we haven’t focused on, but — spoiler alert — we are excited!”