Finally, after months of torrid rumors, NBC Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd is becoming the new host of “Meet The Press.” David Gregory, reportedly in New Hampshire with his wife, is leaving the network.
“I leave NBC as I came – humbled and grateful,” Gregory wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is. I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter first reported that the news of Todd’s ascension would come Thursday afternoon. Daily Mail wrote a total bullshit story quoting themselves and citing Stelter. TPM actually takes the prize for reporting a ticker showing that NBC named Todd host. (See below.)
Gregory replaced the late, beloved Tim Russert in 2008 after Russert died of a sudden heart attack. At the time, many believed Todd was the better choice. But Gregory assumed the position and ratings eventually fell into the toilet.
According to TV Guide, before Todd, 42, went to work for NBC in 2007, he “toiled for 15 years at Hotline,” then an absolute must-read newsletter for campaign insiders.
He hails from Miami, Florida. He attended George Washington University on a french horn scholarship but never graduated. He once contemplated becoming a high school band director.