Pat Robertson announces retirement from hosting duties on ‘The 700 Club’

For many generations, chances are pretty good that at some point in their lives they’ve seen legendary televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, on the screen.

That’s why it was shocking for many when Robertson announced he’ll retire as the host of the hit televangelist show, The 700 Club, as the Washington Examiner reported

“Today’s show will be my final as host of The 700 Club,” Robertson said. “My replacement will be my very capable son Gordon, who will take over as full-time host of the program.”

The 91-year-old Robertson made the announcement during Friday’s airing of the show, which also happened to mark the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 60th anniversary. Notably, The 700 Club has aired for 55 of those years, a total rarity for any program.

But for viewers saddened by Robertson’s announcement, there’s a silver lining to look forward to, as Robertson will still play a role in the interactive element of the show, as he’ll reportedly answer viewer emails starting sometime in October, relegating the bulk of the hosting duties to his son.

In addition, Robertson will keep busy by teaching at Regent University, which he founded in 1977.

During his time as the show’s host, Robertson has an impressive resume of guests, including interviews with numerous former presidents, including Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and even Jimmy Carter.

Notably, Robertson also made a run for the U.S. presidency in 1988, and faired quite well given his lack of political experience, only coming in third to Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush in the Republican primary.