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NBC’s Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, is supposedly “livid” over what he sees as a campaign to push him out of the network and bump colleague Nicolle Wallace into his coveted seat.
The reason is that Todd is reportedly “too critical” of President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, according to OK! Magazine — this being ironic, considering that he was raked over the coals by the left for going easy on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday’s show.
“First MSNBC extended Nicolle Wallace’s hit show Deadline to two hours, taking over the time slot previously held by Chuck, and now Nicolle’s name has been thrown out to replace Chuck on the flagship Sunday morning show Meet The Press. Chuck is livid and lashing out,” sources told OK!
Wallace, a Never Trump Republican, served as George W. Bush’s former White House communications director, and was tapped by 2008 GOP nominee John McCain to be then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s handler when she was chosen as his running mate — a decision critics say resulted in Wallace throwing Palin to the media wolves.
MSNBC recently expanded Wallace’s Deadline: White House, to two hours, taking over the 5 p.m. time slot currently held by Todd’s MTP Daily, which will move to 1 p.m. The moves take place in September.
NBCUniversal chief executive Jeff Shell is named in the article as one of the people running with the idea of replacing Todd with Wallace.
New York Times media columnist Ben Smith reported on Sunday that sources said Shell has “floated” the idea, but cited Shell to say it “doesn’t seem likely to happen.”
“The old establishment referees are now barely important enough to target,” he said, “but they’re still embroiled in an internal debate over whether to try to hold onto a vanishing nonpartisan center. Some of those questions are playing out right now at NBC, where progressive prime-time hosts drive ratings on cable, but where the executive suite favors Nicolle Wallace.”
Some new news in here: NBCUniversal CEO has floated replacing Chuck Todd on Meet The Press with Nicolle Wallace, though it doesn't seem likely to happen https://t.co/3DchLBbcJe pic.twitter.com/vKy58CSVP6
— Ben Smith (@benyt) August 10, 2020
According to the British weekly magazine, Todd balked at introducing fellow NBC colleague Brian Williams, who follows a 2 p.m. re-airing of MTP.
The source told OK!: “To add insult to injury, Chuck has been asked to introduce disgraced Brian Williams when he takes over coverage from Chuck at 3 pm! Chuck refused and instead is acting like a spoilt brat refusing to share his toys with his brothers and sisters. This isn’t going to end well!”
The NBC executive quoted by the Times is cited by OK!, saying Todd is staying put.
“(Todd) has led the Sunday news-making and ratings battles for five years at the helm of Meet the Press and will continue to do so,” the executive said.
For what it’s worth, there is an online petition calling for Wallace to replace Todd. As of this writing, it has collected over 5,600 signatures.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) August 10, 2020
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