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David Gregory Leaving NBC, Meet the Press

Chuck Todd is his expected successor as host of the show
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2014 4:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Rumors have been swirling about David Gregory's future at NBC for a while now, and today the man himself confirmed: He's leaving the network, including his hosting gig at Meet the Press. "I leave NBC as I came—humbled and grateful," he tweeted. "I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is." NBC hasn't announced his replacement, which seems to be the worst-kept secret in TV: It will be Chuck Todd, report multiple sources, including Mike Allen of Politico and CNN Money.

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Media writer Dylan Byers of Politico explains the pick thusly:

  • "In Todd, NBC News is hoping it can restore the show with the passion and insider credibility it had under Tim Russert, Gregory's predecessor and Todd's mentor. Todd, who rose to fame as editor in chief of The Hotline, is a political obsessive and extremely knowledgable about all manner of politics and policy matters."
Gregory has hosted Meet the Press since 2008, but ratings have been shaky of late, reports the Huffington Post. Todd is NBC's political director and currently hosts the Daily Rundown at MSNBC. The shift could happen as soon as this weekend, writes Brian Stelter at CNN. (One of Gregory's most memorable moments involved a gun magazine.)

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