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David Gregory to leave ‘Meet the Press’

David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” announced that he is leaving the show and NBC. The network has confirmed he will be replaced by Chuck Todd on September 7, according to Politico.

Gregory, who took the helm of the Sunday morning talk show after the 2008 death of long-time host Tim Russert, made the announcement on Twitter.

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Gregory said Thursday afternoon he is leaving the network as he arrived at it, ‘‘humbled and grateful.’’

Gregory had struggled to maintain the success of his predecessor, Russert. “Meet the Press,” which regularly beat out rival shows on ABC and CBS during Russert’s tenure, has fallen into third place since Gregory took it over in 2008. His departure had been rumored for months.

Gregory joined NBC News in 1995, according to the network, which notes that he has covered three presidential campaigns in addition to major national and international stories prior to taking over as “Meet the Press” host. Gregory was also NBC’s chief White House Correspondent for eight years, covering George W. Bush’s administration.

Politico’s Mike Allen had reported Monday that Chuck Todd, NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director, was in contention to replace Gregory.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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