According to Ben Smith of The New York Times, NBCUniversal chief executive Jeff Shell floated the idea of replacing Meet The Press anchor Chuck Todd with rising MSNBC star Nicolle Wallace.
“The old establishment referees are now barely important enough to target, but they’re still embroiled in an internal debate over whether to try to hold onto a vanishing nonpartisan center. Some of those questions are playing out right now at NBC, where progressive prime-time hosts drive ratings on cable, but where the executive suite favors Nicolle Wallace, a former communications director for President George W. Bush and a Never Trump Republican. Two people familiar with the conversations told me that the NBCUniversal chief executive, Jeff Shell, had floated the notion of elevating Ms. Wallace to take over the prestige Sunday morning show ‘Meet the Press.’
“An NBC executive said the current host, Chuck Todd, “has led the Sunday news-making and ratings battles for five years at the helm of ‘Meet the Press’ and will continue to do so.”’
This rumor comes amidst the recently announced shakeup of the MSNBC lineup with Wallace’s show expanding to two hours from 4 pm-6 pm daily and Todd’s daily program moving from the 5 pm slot to the lower-watched 1 pm time period.
Wallace’s stock has been rising at MSNBC as she has become a hardcore Never Trumper with solid Republican–not conservative credentials having served as the White House Communications Director under President George W. Bush and had criticized Trump with every chance she gets.
Shell is apparently enamored of Wallace but replacing Todd on Meet The Press which is at the top of the Sunday show ratings would have been difficult at best.
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