After a near-decade run as the moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," Chuck Todd told an audience Sunday morning, "While today is not my final show, this will be my final summer here at Meet the Press. ... I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade."
Todd, 51, told viewers, "I've watched too many friends and family let work consume them before it was too late" and promised his family he wouldn't go down that path.
He said, "I have plans already for my next chapter ... including some projects right here at NBC News," adding, "While I may be leaving this chair, I'm still going to help NBC navigate and coach colleagues in this 2024 campaign season."
Today we close our show with an announcement from @chucktodd:— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 4, 2023
"While today is not my final show, this will be my final summer here at Meet the Press. ... I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade." pic.twitter.com/sgeUcNR3C5
Todd said Kristen Welker, who serves as NBC News' co-chief White House correspondent and Todd's chief fill-in for the past three years, will take over the show in September. No date was given for Todd's retirement from the show.
While dedicating more to 'family' is an easy cover, the left-leaning show has suffered poor ratings.
In August 2022, Daily Beast's "Confider" newsletter reported that Todd has "baffled many at NBC with how long he's remained atop the struggling show."
David Gelles, an ex-CNN staffer who recently took over as the show's executive producer, appears to have finally kicked Todd to the curb, though his exit isn't abrupt as ones for Fox News' Tucker Carlson and CNN's Don Lemon.
Twitter users responded to the Meet the Press' official Twitter account and asked:
I wonder if @NBCNews will bring in someone who isn't partisan and who can hold our leaders accountable. You know, like journalists used to do.
Finally! This is overdue.
As we noted on Twitter:
Must have too many viewers https://t.co/mg4DBXf5ZU— zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 4, 2023