Report: NBC’s David Gregory Cancels Vacation To Save Face

AP

Embattled “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory reportedly cut his vacation in Nantucket, Mass. short, opting instead to host NBC’s Sunday morning talk show as his future at the network appears increasingly doubtful.

From Politico’s Dylan Byers:

David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple.

Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that being off was “a dumb move” — that would have only further fueled speculation that the host was on his way out.

Politico’s Mike Allen reported on Monday that NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd has been tapped as the likely successor to Gregory, who has overseen a meteoric ratings fall at “Meet the Press” since he succeeded the late Tim Russert in 2008. But Allen cautioned that his sources have insisted that nothing is definite.

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