CNN Money is reporting this afternoon that NBC News will announce today that it has replaced Meet The Press host David Gregory with NBC Chief White House Correspondent and host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, Chuck Todd
Sources with direct knowledge of the network’s plans told CNN that the transition will be swift and that Todd will take over the show this coming Sunday.
Gregory seemed to confirm the move in back-to-back tweets this afternoon:
The move, which has been speculated about for months, picked up steam this week with a story by Mike Allen in Politico that said that NBC would make the change in a few weeks. That apparently turned into a few days, based on today’s announcement.
Gregory, who took over after Tim Russert’s sudden death in 2008, never clicked with his audience and gradually ran Meet The Press into the ground, ratings-wise.
One of Gregory’s most infamous moments as host came on December 23, 2013, when during an interview with National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, he held up an empty 30-round magazine. That was a violation of D.C. law, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and/or one year in prison.
Gregory was cleared of any wrongdoing, but it remains one of the most boneheaded stunts in news/interview-show history. It underscored just how far the liberal media will go to try and make a point—especially one about gun ownership.
That would have been a good time to replace Gregory, but the network hung on for another eight months for some inexplicable reason.
Now it will be up to Todd to reinvigorate the program against some very tough competition. But there is no guarantee, even with his considerable political knowledge and interviewing skills, that he will be able to pull it off.