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David Gregory Out, Chuck Todd Replacing Him in 'Meet the Press' Shakeup

By    |   Friday, 15 Aug 2014 08:03 AM

David Gregory announced he's leaving NBC's "Meet the Press" on Thursday, confirming longstanding rumors of his imminent departure. Chuck Todd will replace him.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the news first broke on Gregory's Twitter profile.

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Gregory had been at NBC for more than 20 years, and he was appointed host of "Meet the Press" in 2008.

According to The New York Times, the show's viewership has fallen behind that of CBS' "Face the Nation" and ABC's "This Week" in recent years, averaging just 2.85 million viewers in the closing quarter of 2013, and 2.37 million in the second quarter of this year.

"The descent followed a long run of dominance for 'Meet the Press' under Tim Russert, when the show averaged about 4.5 million viewers and frequently topped its next competitor by more than 40 percent," wrote the Times. "But after Mr. Russert’s death in 2008, and an interim period under Tom Brokaw, the show began to lose viewers."

NBC News division chief Deborah Turness previously called rumors of Gregory's forced departure "quite ludicrous," but did not seem to deny that psychological and brand consultants were brought in to help assess how the host could connect more strongly with his audience.

Turness emailed staff on Thursday shortly after Gregory's announcement on Twitter, thanking him, and naming his replacement.

"I am very pleased to announce that Chuck Todd will take the helm on September 7. There is no one with a bigger passion for politics than Chuck," she wrote. "Chuck will continue as NBC News political director, and will hand over his roles as chief White House correspondent and anchor of MSNBC’s 'The Daily Rundown.'"

Todd confirmed his new position with a tweet thanking his colleagues.



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