NBC PRESS RELEASE - NBC News today named Jamie Lynn Spears, 17, and her long-time paramour Casey Aldridge, 19, co-moderators of Meet the Press, the longest-running television show in worldwide broadcasting history, to replace the late Tim Russert.
Ms. Spears was also named the network's Washington Bureau Chief.
"Ms. Spears and Mr. Aldridge will inject the show with a high-voltage dosage of youthful exuberance while staying true to the show's tradition of providing hard-hitting coverage of the day's most important issues," said Steve Capus, president of NBC News. Capus added that it will mark the first time in network television history that a teenage Caucasian male-female couple will co-host a major Sunday morning news program.
Capus noted that the network anticipates a long and prosperous relationship with the couple, assuming Mr. Aldridge is not charged with statutory rape in connection with Ms. Spears' pregnancy "since that would put him out of commission for a few years."
Mr. Aldridge will host the show alone for the next several weeks while Ms. Spears is on maternity leave. His topics will include video games, cars, super-models and masturbation.