NBC is again in discussions to boot Chuck Todd off of “Meet the Press.”
As relayed by Mediaite, NBC brought in a new EP to mull over the future of the flagship program.
In May, we wrote about Todd’s uncertain future after NBC demoted Todd for the second time in the past year. Todd has been out of favor with management for at least two years.
In 2020, NBCUniversal chief executive Jeff Shell floated the idea of replacing Todd with Nicolle Wallace (yuck) on “Meet the Press.” Todd survived but got hit during the weekdays instead.
First, NBCUniversal relegated his daily MSNBC show “MTP Daily” from 5 pm to the dead hour of 1 pm.
Then, the network kicked him off MSNBC entirely to host the show on something called NBC Now with a co-host, Kristen Welker.
Todd has much working against him. The ratings for his shows continue to slide. He’s a white guy — white guys are a problem, per MSNBC. He’s a rather loathsome bird on television. And, perhaps most damning, the Left, the primary audience of NBC, has turned on him.
#FireChuckTodd trends each Sunday morning as Twitter users tweet accusations that Todd is a secret Republican asset.
Todd is hardly right-wing. However, he’s not as blatant about his liberal biases as, say, George Stephanopoulos who hosts the counter program “This Week” on ABC.
At most, Todd will ask Democrats though questions, a tactic apparently frowned upon by corporate journalists:
Is @chucktodd a useful idiot for Republicans, spreading Republican propaganda because they play him, or does he willfully spread Republican propaganda for money & access? Either way, with his audience & legitimacy he is a key distributer of Republican propaganda & disinformation.
— David Rothschild 🇺🇦 (@DavMicRot) April 8, 2022
If NBC demotes Todd a third time, it’d create another change in the once immutable Sunday morning news lineup.
— Chris Wallace left “Fox News Sunday.”
— Fox named Shannon Bream his replacement earlier this month.
— Jake Tapper moved to a twice-a-month schedule on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
— Dana Bash joined Tapper as a co-host.
— NBC has held meetings about replacing Todd for two straight years.
Unfortunately, Stephanopoulos, the worst of the worst, remains.
Todd doesn’t project to have a strong market outside of NBC. The lack of demand for older news anchors is evident in the case of Brian Williams. Williams left MSNBC last winter with the expectation he’d land quickly. He hasn’t.
Perhaps Todd would stay with NBC in a diminished role, anchoring special events throughout the year.
Look for Kristen Welker to replace Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” if/when NBC hooks him anew.