NEW YORK — Embattled “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is leaving NBC, and Chuck Todd will replace him on the Sunday morning politics show.
In tweets posted Thursday afternoon, Gregory said he is leaving the network as he arrived at it, “humbled and grateful.”
“Meet the Press” has fallen to third place since Gregory took it over in 2008. His departure had been rumored for months.
“I want to express my sincerest thanks to David, who, after the death of Tim Russert, led Meet the Press for almost 6 years. Under his leadership the show has had a string of exclusives, and David has shown a remarkable gift for holding leaders to account and getting answers on issues that matter to our audience,” NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a statement posted to nbcnews.com.
Turness also confirmed that Todd, currently the NBC News political director and host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” would take over as moderator on “Meet the Press” on Sept. 7, and would “hand over” his job as the network’s chief White House correspondent.
“There is no one with a bigger passion for politics than Chuck. His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast,” Turness said in the statement.