An executive for NBC News’ program “Meet the Press” is reportedly trying to decide whether or not to keep anchor Chuck Todd amidst the show’s declining ratings.
John Reiss, the previous executive producer of “Meet the Press,” was fired last year after the show’s ratings fell by 21 percent in total viewership when compared to last year, the Daily Beast’s Confider newsletter reported. Reiss was replaced by longtime CNN producer David Gelles to revive the program.
It has since fallen to Gelles to find a way to reverse the show’s struggles, and reports say that Todd might well be on the chopping block. Multiple sources told Confider that Gelles is considering replacing Todd, who has hosted the show since 2014. The move would force Todd out of his two-year contract extension at the network, the outlet reported.
Gelles is reportedly planning to hire NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker to replace Todd as host and have more television appearances during the midterms.
Todd’s “Meet the Press Daily,” a weekday counterpart to the Sunday show, was removed from MSNBC and NBC cable networks and switched over to a streaming-only option in May. A “Meet the Press” source told Confider that Todd may be the primary issue of the program’s falling popularity and behind-the-scenes issues.
“At what point does anyone have the balls to say ‘Maybe the problem is the face of it’?” the source said.
In addition, a report from Page Six revealed that the sudden shift in time slot for “Meet the Press Daily,” which occurred in 2020 before the show was moved to streaming only, may have been done in part due to Todd’s rocky relationship with NBC heads.
“Chuck can be very difficult — he’s very opinionated — and that has strained some of the relationships internally,” an insider told Page Six.
Todd’s departure would not be the first recent shake-up in major media outlets with CNN unexpectedly canceling its longest running show, “Reliable Sources,” leaving controversial host Brian Stelter out of a job with new CNN CEO Chris Licht pushing for the network to be less partisan in its coverage and ensuring that staff take on a more objective reporting model.
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