John McLaughlin, host of the McLaughlin Group, has died.
In a posting on the show’s Facebook page, a message reads:
Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89. As a former jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered. Please note, we will inform you – via this page – of memorial service details.
McLaughlin hosted the Sunday morning public affairs shows since 1982 and only missed one episode: last week’s.
The McLaughlin Group went on the air Jan. 1, 1982 and for the next 26 years was produced at NBC’s WRC in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, it has been produced at CBS affiliate WUSA and airs on many CBS and PBS stations across the country.
From 1989 to 1994, he produced and hosted McLaughlin, a one-hour nightly talk show on CNBC. In early 1999 he hosted a short-lived MSNBC show called McLaughlin Special Report.
National Review’s Tom Rogan joined the Group in 2014, making him the newest panelist on political debate show. On his site he writes, “Our conversations were frequently humorous, often serious, and occasionally profanity-laden (when he didn’t like one my scripts!!). I will miss him greatly.”
Panelist Clarence Page tweets:
Sad news. We lost John McLaughlin this morning. I hear that he smiled before he passed. His final gift to us. RIP https://t.co/baM3bJ1gC2
— Clarence Page (@cptime) August 16, 2016