Coldly indifferent to its burning desire for them to come together as political talk show and political talk show host, New York magazine reports that before Chuck Todd took over last month, Jon Stewart rejected NBC’s offer to host Meet The Press. Although neither NBC nor Stewart’s agent is willing to comment on the situation, New York cites a source that claims NBC would have given Stewart “anything” to bring his hip cache to its long-running Sunday morning snooze-fest. “They were ready to back the Brink’s truck up,” the source said. But Stewart was unmoved by NBC’s offer of cold hard cash and chose to direct a movie instead, leaving NBC to occasionally look over at Chuck Todd, sleeping peacefully in front of the TV, and wonder what could have been.

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