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April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Concerned about the steady deterioration of the ratings for its venerable Meet the Press Sunday news program, NBC commissioned a psychological consultant to interview host David Gregory’s friends and even his wife, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. (In an email to Dylan Byers of, NBC said that the network brought in a “brand consultant” not a psychological one, as the Post reported.) The network continues to deny persistent reports that it is planning to replace Gregory as host of a program that has sunk from No. 1 to No. 3 among Sunday interview shows since he took over following the death of Tim Russert, and Gregory himself told the Post about those reports, “I wouldn’t be able to focus on this job if I was going to let that stuff get to me. I knew it would be there going in and I’m just focused on being David Gregory and taking the show to the next level.” In a lengthy feature about the problems facing MTP, the Post concluded, “Gregory’s job does not appear to be in any immediate jeopardy, but there are plenty of signs of concern.”