“As you may be aware, David Gregory’s final show as moderator of Meet the Press was last Sunday,” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell told viewers this Sunday. Gregory’s departure from NBC wasn’t marked or mentioned during Gregory’s final show last Sunday — it was leaked a couple weeks ago, and then made official just this past Thursday.
That may depend on your definition of “history” and “a great deal”: Mitchell noted that Gregory once got Joe Biden to say something irresponsible and unexpected (that he supported gay marriage, a couple months before the Obama campaign was likely to announce the same thing). The two other meager highlights NBC offered: the fact that Gregory moderated a Sunday-morning Republican-primary debate on the show in 2012, and had a “landmark interview” with General David Petraeus in 2010 after Petraeus had been made commander of international forces in Afghanistan. (NBC does indeed seem to be the first network to land an interview with Petraeus after he was promoted.)
Mitchell’s tribute to Gregory concluded with her reading out tweets he sent out this week after his removal was announced and saying that while he’ll no longer be a “daily colleague,” he’ll always be a friend. (The Gregory tribute didn’t close the program; it was followed by a commercial break and then a Robin Williams tribute.)