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OUSTED DAVID GREGORY RECEIVES MTP SEND-OFF

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

With NBC reportedly having refused to allow David Gregory to say farewell to his Meet the Press audience for fear that doing so could have created an "Ann Curry incident" (Curry’s tearful goodbye on the Today show brought her enormous sympathy and crippled the ratings of the NBC morning show), it fell to temporary Meet the Press moderator Andrea Mitchell to give Gregory his send-off on Sunday. "Meet the Press makes a lot of history — and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008," she said. Seated in front of a photo of Gregory, Mitchell also made it clear that he will not be remaining with the network in some other capacity (although it was not clear that the decision to sever all ties was his or the network’s). "In twenty years with NBC News, David has done it all," she said. "The O.J. Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, Today show guest hosting and, when the cameras weren’t rolling, dead on imitations of everyone from presidents of the United States to Tom Brokaw. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of the program and NBC News." She concluded: "As he leaves NBC News for his next adventure, I will miss him as a daily colleague, but know he will always be a friend." NBC announced earlier in the week that Gregory will be replaced by Chuck Todd on September 7.