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NBC Wanted Jon Stewart to Host ‘Meet the Press’

Though Chuck Todd approaches his one month anniversary as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the first choice for peacock executives was originally “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, according to a report from New York Magazine.

The article says that NBC News president Deborah Turness negotiated with Stewart about anchoring NBC’s Sunday morning interview program, and that the network was prepared to “back the Brink’s truck up.”

At the time of the pitch, Stewart, whose contract extends through 2015, was on leave from his Comedy Central comedy show as he directed his debut effort “Rosewater,” but he was not ready to leave the show for good for “Meet the Press.”

NBC reportedly courted Stewart years earlier to host a 10 p.m. variety show for the network. The slot ultimately went to Jay Leno.

“Meet the Press,” meanwhile, is still seeing lackluster nationwide ratings. The political talk show has recently come in third place behind “This Week” on ABC and “Face the Nation” on CBS.

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