Moderator David Gregory appears on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 28, 2013.
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By Eliana Dockterman
August 14, 2014

Updated 5:32 p.m. E.T.

David Gregory, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press for the past six years, announced Thursday that he’S leaving the show.

I leave NBC as I came - humbled and grateful. I love journalism and serving as moderator of MTP was the highest honor there is . (1 of 2)

— David Gregory (@davidgregory) August 14, 2014

(2 of 2) I have great respect for my colleagues at NBC News and wish them all well. To the viewers, I say thank you.

— David Gregory (@davidgregory) August 14, 2014

Gregory’s departure follows a series of rumors that he would be replaced. In July, after the New York Post‘s Page Six reported that Gregory would leave after November midterm elections, NBC released a statement that said, “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did.” Many read the lukewarm words as a sign of Gregory’s impending exit.

Chuck Todd, currently the NBC News political director and host of The Daily Rundown, will fill Gregory’s chair beginning Sept. 7, NBC News President Deborah Turness said in a memo to staff. Andrea Mitchell will serves as a moderator on Meet the Press this weekend.

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