Before Bob Schieffer signs off from Face the Nation this summer, we can expect plenty of tributes in the coming months, befitting a widely-respected man who has spent over fifty years in the business. Today we’re taking a look at the early ones, beginning with Chris Wallace‘s remarks today during an appearance on Happening Now with Jon Scott. The Fox News Sunday host told Scott, “Bob is an awfully nice man, he’s a solid reporter, a real gentleman. He’s had a very distinguished career at CBS. He has certainly earned his retirement many years ago.”
Schieffer has been a constant on the Sunday circuit while other shows around him, notably (or notoriously) NBC, try to retool or restaff. It was a point Wallace brought home with this comment:
Here’s the really depressing thing: I figured out when I saw his announcement…that will make me the dean of the Sunday morning talk show hosts, because I with my 11 years will now have been hosting one of these Sunday talk shows longer than any of the other guys.
And initial speculation on Schieffer replacements shows the options are heavily, heavily tilted toward guys.
Check out our sister site TVNewser for a roundup of Schieffer tributes.