On Sunday, NBC News announced that “Meet The Press” anchor Chuck Todd will be leaving the program at the end of the Summer. Chief White House Correspondent and co-anchor Kristen Welker will succeed Todd. Welker has been with NBC News since 2010.
“While today is not my final show, this will be my final summer here at Meet the Press,” Todd said on the air Sunday. “I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade.”
“Just as important, I’m also ready to take a step back because I know the person whom I’m passing the baton to is somebody who’s been ready for this for a while,” Todd said of Welker. “This is exactly how I always hoped this would end, that I’d be passing the baton to her.”
Todd has anchored the program since 2014. Meet The Press is the longest-running political talk show in television history.
Welker tweeted following the announcement, “@chucktodd has been a mentor and friend since my first day at @NBCNews. 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 @MeetThePress.”