NBC selects temp replacement for Russert

Tim Russert's untimely passing late last week left NBC with a daunting task--replacing the irreplaceable. As host of Meet the Press, Russert was unflappable and informative--a perfect fit for the news interview program.

The show returns to the air this weekend, and NBC has announced that Brian Williams, of NBC Nightly News, will be Russert's temporary replacement, according to The Los Angeles Times. Williams has been the host of NBC's news program since late 2004, when he took over for Tom Brokaw.

Beyond this weekend's edition of Meet the Press, it's unclear who will be asking the tough questions.

"Right now, we're looking at it week by week," NBC News president Steve Capus told The Times. "Brian is enormously talented, and it seemed like a logical place to turn for this weekend. But I haven't been able to think beyond that."

Other possible candidates for hosting duties on Meet the Press include MSNBC's Chris Matthews, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory, and PBS's Gwen Ifill.

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