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'Meet the Press' airs David Gregory tribute

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Meet the Press honored David Gregory, the news program’s longtime host who suddenly departed the show this week, on Sunday’s episode with a brief video tribute.

Andrea Mitchell, who was filling in for Gregory, ended the hour by looking back at Gregory’s career, ranging from his time moderating a GOP debate in 2012 to his 2010 interview with General David Petraeus. “Meet the Press makes a lot of history,” Mitchell said. “And a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008.”

Meet the Press was the frontrunner in Sunday morning shows when the late Tim Russert hosted from 1991 to 2008, but experienced sinking ratings when Gregory took over. NBC News political director Chuck Todd is set to be the next host.