After nine years, Chuck Todd is leaving NBC’s Meet the Press.

During Sunday’s episode, Todd, 51, informed the audience of his choice to depart the political panel show. After this summer, he will step down from his position as Meet the Press moderator.

He told his family he wouldn’t do that: “I’ve watched too many friends and family let work consume them before it was too late.”

Additionally, the political journalist stated that he was willing to vacate his post to give someone else an opportunity. In this case, his colleague, Kristen Welker, is a White House correspondent for NBC.

“Because I have such faith in the person I’m passing the torch to, I’m also prepared to step back, he added. I always hoped to hand the reins over to her when this was over.”

Todd won’t be on Meet the Press anymore, but he’ll still be involved in politics. He intends to remain at NBC to “navigate and coach colleagues in this 2024 campaign season and beyond.”

Todd stated, “I leave feeling worried about this time in history but comforted by the standards we’ve set here. We did not tolerate propagandists, and neither will this network or program.”

Since Martha Rountree departed from Meet the Press in 1953, Welker will be the show’s first female host and its first Black moderator.

The news is significant for everyone! I’m happy to see a difference on Meet the Press and look forward to seeing what Kristen Welker will contribute.