That’s Chuck Todd responding to a report NBC News first tried to replace David Gregory as host of its struggling Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press with Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s late-night faux-news program The Daily Show. Because Stewart is funny — not crazy — he ultimately turned them down. And, on August 14, NBC News chief Deborah Turness sent an email to staff announcing Gregory was leaving not just the show but the network, adding:
I am very pleased to announce that Chuck Todd will take the [Meet The Press] helm on September 7. There is no one with a bigger passion for politics than Chuck. His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast. Chuck will ensure that Meet The Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set. We have some exciting plans to evolve and update the broadcast under Chuck’s leadership that we will be sharing with you shortly.
But, for headliners of other struggling NBC News franchises — like Today show and NBC Nightly News which just had its 263-week total viewer winning streak snapped by ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir — word that new-ish NBC News chief Deborah Turness (the former ITV News Editor took the NBC gig in August, 2013) might be looking for possible replacements for her ratings-hungry shows from this much larger pool has got to give pause.