BYE-BYE CHUCK: Todd Out As Host of NBC’s ‘Meet The Press’

Veteran journalist Chuck Todd, who has been the face of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ for nearly a decade, announced his departure as host and moderator of the program on Sunday.

“It’s been an amazing nearly decade long run. I am really proud of what this team and I have built over the last decade,” the 51-year old Todd said on Sunday. He lauded the team’s success in “helping to explain America to Washington and explain Washington to America.”

According to Todd, he will remain at NBC News, serving as the organization’s chief political analyst.

Todd’s replacement, NBC News co-chief White House correspondent Kristen Welker, has served as Todd’s chief fill-in for the past three years and joined NBC News in Washington in 2011. In Todd’s words, “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. Well, I think we’ve answered that question and then some.”

Watch Chuck Todd announce his departure below: