Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Chuck Todd Leaving “Meet the Press” After 9 Tumultuous Years, Kristen Welker to Replace Him

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A nation sighs in relief.

Chuck Todd, the much loathed host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” is out. He told viewers this morning that he’ll be exiting after nine years Kristen Welker will take over. In some language, Welker translates to welcome.

Todd will become NBC’s chief political analyst, so we’ll still seem him but not every Sunday saying really dumb things to various politicians. Those days are over.

We can all have brunch in peace now.

“It’s been an amazing nearly decade long run. I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade,” Todd said during the broadcast Sunday. “I’ve loved so much of this job, helping to explain America to Washington and explain Washington to America.”

He added: “When I took over ‘Meet the Press,’ it was a Sunday show that had a lot of people questioning whether it still could have a place in the modern media space,” Todd added. “Well, I think we’ve answered that question and then some.”

Todd has run “Meet the Press,” once an important Sunday morning event, into the ground. It finishes dead last among ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’s superior “Face the Nation.”

Good night, Chuck, and good luck.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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