Chuck Todd To Leave ‘Meet The Press,’ New Host Revealed
Chuck Todd
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Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” for the last nine years, announced on the show Sunday that he would step down from that role in the coming months.

Todd said it’s important for people not to “overstay their welcome” and touted his accomplishments of building the show into a “distinct and important political franchise.” 

“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. “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. Well, I think we’ve answered that question and then some.”

Todd said that one of the reasons he is leaving the show is so that his work doesn’t “consume” him “before it’s too late,” adding that he’s seen it happen to those around him. In his remarks, he announced his successor as Kristen Welker, NBC’s chief White House correspondent, who Todd said was a good choice and is “ready” to take over. 

Conservatives have often been critical of Todd’s objectivity, especially during the Trump administration. For example, after “Meet the Press” broadcast an inaccurately edited clip of a Trump official in 2020, President Donald Trump demanded Todd’s termination after the network apologized.

Though stepping down as host and moderator of “Meet the Press,” Todd will remain at NBC as chief political analyst and focus on long-form journalism, according to the network. He said he would officially hand the show over to Welker in September. 

“Through his penetrating interviews with many of the most important newsmakers, the show has played an essential role in politics and policy, routinely made front-page news, and framed the thinking in Washington and beyond,” NBC News’ president of editorial Rebecca Blumenstein and senior vice president of politics Carrie Budoff said in a memo. 

Todd became the show’s host in 2014 after serving as NBC’s chief White House correspondent and host of “The Daily Rundown.” He took over the host position from David Gregory. “Meet the Press” is the longest-running show on television, NBC notes. 


“I leave feeling concerned about this moment in history,” Todd said, “but reassured by the standards we’ve set here. We didn’t tolerate propagandists, and this network and program never will. … Being a real political journalist isn’t about building a brand. It’s about reporting what’s happening and explaining why it’s happening and letting the public absorb the facts.”

“[Chuck Todd] has been a mentor and friend since my first day at [NBC News],” Welker tweeted Sunday. “I’ve learned so much from sitting with him at the anchor desk and simply experiencing his passion for politics. I’m humbled and grateful to take the baton and continue to build on the legacy of [Meet the Press].”

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