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Chuck Todd Replacing David Gregory as Host of "Meet the Press"

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet The Press(WASHINGTON) -- Meet the Press will have a new host beginning next month.

NBC News President Deborah Turness announced Thursday that Chuck Todd, the organization's political director, will replace David Gregory as moderator of NBC's Sunday-morning public affairs program. Todd, 42, will assume his new role on Sept. 7.

Todd will become the 11th permanent moderator of Meet the Press, which premiered in 1947. He will give up his current roles as NBC News' chief White House correspondent and the anchor of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown.

Gregory is leaving NBC News after nearly 20 years. He became moderator of Meet the Press in 2008, succeeding the late Tim Russert.

Gregory's status on the show had been the subject of speculation for months. Meet the Press had led its chief rivals, CBS' Face the Nation and ABC's This Week, in the ratings when he assumed the role of moderator, but it now ranks third.

Gregory tweeted on Thursday, "I leave NBC as I came - humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is. I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you."

NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell will serve as moderator of Meet the Press this Sunday.

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