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Chuck Todd has announced his departure from “Meet the Press” after almost a decade as the moderator of the NBC political panel show. He will be replaced by Kristen Welker in the coming months. Todd, 51, explained that he has witnessed too many people close to him consumed by work, and he made a promise to his family not to let that happen to him. Throughout his tenure, Todd faced criticism from various quarters, including former President Donald Trump. There were rumors about his departure when the show’s executive producer was reassigned, but NBC confirmed that it was Todd’s own decision. Todd’s final show date is yet to be determined, but he announced that this would be his last summer on the program.

Kristen Welker, a former chief White House correspondent, has been with NBC News in Washington since 2011 and has served as Todd’s primary substitute for the past three years. She received praise for moderating the final 2020 presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Welker’s promotion makes her the first Black moderator of “Meet the Press” and the first female moderator since Martha Rountree left in 1953. With the upcoming presidential election cycle, Welker will be facing another contentious period in the role.

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“Meet the Press” has been on the air since 1947 and has had notable hosts like Tim Russert. Todd expanded the brand by introducing a daily show, streaming content, podcasts, newsletters, and even a film festival. Despite his efforts, Todd faced criticism on social media, including from President Trump, who nicknamed him “Sleepy Eyes” and called for his firing in 2020. Todd’s exit was also jokingly referenced by Trevor Noah at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2022.

In the latest TV season, “Meet the Press” ranked third in viewership behind CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week,” with an average viewership of 2.5 million to 2.9 million, according to Nielsen ratings.

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