NBC News host Chuck Todd quits as host of 'Meet the Press'

 September 11, 2023

For nearly a decade, liberal television anchor Chuck Todd has been a fixture on NBC News' "Meet the Press." However, Todd's reign recently came to an end as the host called it quits. 

According to the Daily Caller, Todd announced his departure this past weekend, saying, "As you may have heard, after nine years and more than 430 broadcasts, today is my final Sunday in the moderator chair."

Todd says "Meet the Press" was "the pinnacle" of his career

"To say that this has been the honor and privilege of my lifetime is an understatement. This is simply the pinnacle of political journalism and something my younger self never imagined," Todd told his viewers.

"No matter how much of a grind the current political grind is wearing me down on any given day, I still have had a 'pinch me, I can’t believe it' feeling every time I’ve had my name introduced as the moderator on the longest running show in the history of television," Todd stressed.

"The last nine years as moderator of the longest running show on television has been the honor of my professional life, and as I prepare to pass the baton to the next custodian, it is a privilege to pass it to someone who needs no introduction," he said.

Todd will be replaced by former NBC News White House correspondent

Todd explained that he would be replaced as "Meet the Press" host by former NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

He went on to recall highlights from Welker's career, including her having served as moderator of the 2020 presidential debate.

"I am ready, Chuck, and I just want to say I am also so thankful and grateful to you for this moment for entrusting me with this monumental, important role," Welker told Todd.

Welker credits Todd with having "taught me just about everything I know"

Welker went on to declare that she takes "this responsibility so seriously" while praising Todd for being "someone who invests in the people that you care about."

"I’ve said it before, I think it bears repeating. You brought me to D.C., you taught me just about everything I know about politics," Welker told Todd.

"I've traveled all over the world with all of these presidents, and I really want to bring that to the show every Sunday to make sure that we are giving our viewers the information that they need," the new host insisted.

"And now, my beat, by the way, is all of Washington, the campaign trail and, frankly, the world, and I want to be asking those tough questions and I want to be making you proud, I want to be building on the legacy of this show," Welker concluded.

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