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So, you cover politics for a living, but you aren't sure if you can write a story that intertwines the death of Robin Williams and the top contender in the next presidential race. That's probably because you are no Maureen Dowd.
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.
As the world reacted with shock and grief to the death of Robin Williams on Monday, Conan O'Brien was in the middle of a taping for his late night talk show. And so a visibly shaken O'Brien was left to break the sad news to his Los Angeles studio audience.