NBC Really Wanted Jon Stewart to Host ‘Meet the Press’

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Jon Stewart has been hosting The Daily Show for nearly 20 years, but according to New York magazine, the Comedy Central host was aggressively courted to be the next Meet the Press host by NBC. While Chuck Todd has been the Sunday news show anchor for the last month, three “senior television sources with knowledge of the talks” told NYMag that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart to take over the show first:

One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything” to bring him over. “They were ready to back the Brinks truck up,” the source said. A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment. James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.