NBC wanted to lease Jon Stewart as a result of the choice host of ‘Meet the Press’

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Once more in August, NBC finally announced that David Gregory was formally leaving as host and moderator of Meet the Press. It had been a really very long time coming – MTP’s scores sank dramatically all through Gregory’s tenure and worst of all, no person cared. MTP wasn’t getting the nice interviews and it wasn’t must-watch political commentary. Everybody merely appeared earlier and indignant and different individuals merely tuned out. Gregory was modified by Chuck Todd – Todd has now been throughout the job for a month. Nevertheless New York Journal has a model new story about what might need been an fascinating/weird reboot for the current. They wanted Jon Stewart!!

This Sunday marks Chuck Todd’s one-month anniversary throughout the anchor chair at Meet the Press. No matter an opening-week scores spike from his distinctive sit-down interview with President Obama, the Todd-helmed current has settled once more into third place behind ABC’s This Week and CBS’s Face the Nation. This has been irritating to NBC Info executives, who at one degree had thought-about shifting right into a radically completely completely different course with the current.

Sooner than deciding on Todd, NBC Info president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about web internet hosting Meet the Press, in accordance with three senior television sources with info of the talks. One provide outlined that NBC was prepared to produce Stewart almost “one thing” to ship him over. “They’ve been capable of once more the Brink’s truck up,” the availability said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not reply to a lot of requests for comment.

It’s wise that NBC would make a run at Stewart. The comedian-cum-media-critic possesses one factor that broadcast executives covet: a loyal, youthful viewers. And it’s not the first time NBC tried recruiting him. Consistent with sources, NBC Leisure courted Stewart plenty of years up to now for a 10 p.m. choice current (the slot lastly went to Jay Leno). This April, CBS launched Stewart’s Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert will alternate David Letterman subsequent yr.

Though not a typical journalist, Stewart may very well be a devastatingly environment friendly interrogator, and his Meet the Press may have made a worthy successor to Tim Russert’s no-bulls–t interviews. In the middle of the residence stretch of the 2012 advertising marketing campaign, Stewart grilled Obama for his wan presidential debate effectivity, asking: “Do you feel you may have a stronger affirmative case for a second Barack Obama presidency or a stronger antagonistic case for a Romney presidency?” And ultimate October, Stewart’s medical dissection of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius laid bare the disaster of the Obamacare rollout, from which Sebelius not at all recovered.

Perhaps NBC executives have been hoping Stewart’s sabbatical from The Day-to-day Current to direct his first operate film last yr indicated a certain restlessness they may capitalize on. Alas, they’ve been unsuccessful. Stewart, whose Comedy Central contract extends by way of subsequent yr, declined NBC’s aggressive courtship. He perhaps acknowledged that quite a lot of his viewers wouldn’t rush to activate their televisions early on a Sunday morning. As Todd knowledgeable a reporter remaining month, it’s a difficult time slot for the youthful folks: “Are they rejecting the mannequin or are they solely not getting up?”

[From New York Magazine]

I’ve good respect for the easiest way Jon Stewart has rebuffed many, many efforts to get him to a novel neighborhood, doing completely completely different programming. Jon was in his 30s when he acquired The Daily Current, which suggests he had years to hunt out out that his Comedy Central gig is perhaps almost nearly as good as a result of it’s going to get. He’s made TDS into the jewel in Comedy Central’s programming. Comedy Central lets him do irrespective of he wants too – he not solely will get a big berth to cowl what he wants on TDS, nevertheless he produces The Colbert Report and he’ll produce Colbert’s different, Larry Wilmore’s The Minority Report. Plus, Comedy Central loves him loads that they gave him time without work to direct, and he’ll most likely do further side-projects with Comedy Central’s blessing.

Now, all that being acknowledged… I can fully understand why NBC wanted him. Stewart would have been unimaginable as a moderator for Meet the Press. It sucks to be Chuck Todd in the intervening time.

NBC wanted to lease Jon Stewart as a result of the choice host of ‘Meet the Press’


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