Chuck Todd officially signed off from NBC’s Meet the Press—the longest running show on television— Sunday, and the final guest of his nine-year run at the helm was the journalist he’s officially passing the MTP baton off to was Kristen Welker.
Towards the end of the broadcast, reports TV Newser, Welker joined Todd at the Meet the Press desk for his final segment as moderator and Welker said: “I just want to say I am also so thankful and grateful to you for this moment for entrusting me with this monumental, important role. I take this responsibility so seriously. I’m ready because you have helped me get ready, Chuck. You are someone who invests in the people that you care about and you have invested in me, and I am just so eternally grateful for that. I’ve said it before, I think it bears repeating, you brought me to DC. You taught me just about everything I know about politics. And I say that a lot, but just to give folks a sense of what I actually mean by that, one of the things that sticks in my mind is you were at a news conference in 2013. Former President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu. We were covering the White House at the same time. This was in Jerusalem. You asked more questions than any other reporter. And it was a message to me that you have to have the courage, you have to have the competence to ask the tough questions and to ask as many questions as needed to be asked.”
Todd said that after nine years and more than 430 broadcasts,”today is my final Sunday in the moderator chair ,,, (and to say) this has been the honor and privilege of my lifetime is an understatement.”
Following the broadcast, states TV Newser, many of Todd’s NBC News colleagues and friends gathered at the organization’s Washington Bureau Sunday morning to toast and celebrate Todd’s tenure leading the public affairs program.