What's Ahead For NBC's 'Meet The Press' And David Gregory?

David Gregory has hosted "Meet The Press" since 2008. Politico's Mike Allen reports NBC is replacing him with MSNBC's Chuck Todd.

What's Ahead For NBC's 'Meet The Press' And David Gregory?
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Meet The Press: an institution of Washington politics, a regular stop for our nation's most powerful leaders, and soon it might have a new host.

Veteran political reporter David Gregory has been at the helm since 2008. He had a tough act to follow. His predecessor, the iconic Tim Russert, hosted the show for 17 years. 

But unfavorable comparisons to Russert weren't Gregory's only problem. 

There was that time, while on air, he broke a Washington. D.C. law against possessing gun magazines with over 30 bullets: ​"Here is a magazine for ammunition that carries thirty bullets."

Or that other time when he caught flak for accusing fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald of committing a crime when he reported on materials leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

​But most troubling for NBC were the ratings, which during his tenure sunk from first to third.

All of this is to say no one was shocked when it was reported that Gregory was on the way out at NBC.

Politico's Mike Allen had the scoop first, and described it as "an effort to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert.”

So who would bring back the "passion" and "insider cred"? It's likey Chuck Todd, NBC's White House correspondent and host of MSNBC's "Daily Rundown."

This isn't Todd's first time in the Meet The Press rumor mill — he was considered a top candidate to replace Russert six years ago. 

Chuck Todd's been in political media for a while. Here he is in 1997

Since then, he's gotten a haircut  and built up a resume worthy of the nation's longest-running television series. (Video via MSNBC

To be sure, nothing has been made official and an unnamed NBC source tells the New York Post says a shake-up is unlikely before the mid-term elections in November. 

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