After Chuck Todd announced on Sunday that he will be leaving as the current host, and moderator of NBC News’ Meet the Press, an increasing number of people are requesting NBC News to get rid of Andrea Mitchell, the network’s chief foreign affairs and chief Washington correspondent.
Todd announced that he will be leaving the show in September after being the host for nine years. “It’s been an amazing nearly decadelong run. I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade,” Todd said during the broadcast Sunday. “I’ve loved so much of this job, helping to explain America to Washington and explain Washington to America.”
“When I took over ‘Meet the Press,’ it was a Sunday show that had a lot of people questioning whether it still could have a place in the modern media space,” Todd added. “Well, I think we’ve answered that question and then some.”
NBC News’ co-chief White House correspondent, Kristen Welker, will succeed him. After the news went viral on Twitter, an increasing number of people said that they wanted the network to also fire Andrea Mitchell.
She anchors Andrea Mitchell Reports, which airs from noon to 1 pm ET on weekdays on MSNBC. Incidentally. Mitchell has both appeared on and guest-hosted Meet the Press. She also has won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her journalistic work, including reporting on the 2008 presidential election campaign for NBC News broadcasts, including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Today, and MSNBC.
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“Chuck Todd out. Kristen Welker in. Now do Andrea Mitchell,” one of the Twitter users said. Another one wrote, “Kristen Welker to replace Chuck Todd as moderator on Meet the Press. About damn time. Now can we talk about Andrea Mitchell.” A third commented, “Finally! Now retire Andrea Mitchell and we’ll be good. Chuck Todd to leave NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’; Welker will become host.”
One more tweeted, “Get rid of Andrea Mitchell please! Put Jen Psaki on Monday thru Friday!” Another said, “Why wait til September???? Now when is Andrea Mitchell exiting ??????” Another quipped, “The only thing that would have made this announcement better is if he had said he was also taking Andrea Mitchell with him.”