Starting Monday, The 700 Club will have a new host for the first time in 55 years, after 91-year-old televangelist Pat Robertson announced he will step down from the popular Christian Broadcasting Network show.
CBN said Friday that Robertson will be replaced by his son, Gordon Peterson, who has previously co-hosted with his dad and has served as chief executive of the network since 2007.
Robertson, who founded the conservative political group the Christian Coalition, will still make monthly appearances on the show during interactive specials and “as news warrants,” the station said.
Robertson founded CBN in 1961 as the first 24/7 Christian news station. The host, a former Southern Baptist minister, used his talk show to preach conservative ideals to his deeply religious audience. In 1988 he ran for president as a republican. The 700 Club now reaches over 100 countries and territories and is translated into dozens of languages. During his tenure on the show Robertson made several radical claims. Last year, he said that God told him President Trump would win re-election and an asteroid would hit Earth in more than five years. Robertson has interviewed several presidents, including Trump, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford. He also founded Regent University, where he still teaches his political Christian worldview, and the American Center for Law and Justice.
Two days before the insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6, Robertson said “something dramatic is going to happen before Congress votes on those electors… The Holy Spirit will enter into this situation, and it’s going to be something very dramatic.”
Pat Robertson Redux (Forbes)