Pat Robertson steps down as host of long-running ‘700 Club’

NORFOLK, Va. – Pat Robertson, who turned a very small Virginia tv station into a world-wide religious broadcasting community, is stepping down right after a fifty percent-century jogging the “700 Club” on day by day Tv set, the Christian Broadcasting Network declared on Friday.

Robertson, 91, reported in a statement that he hosted the network’s flagship software for the previous time on Friday, and that his son Gordon Peterson will consider in excess of the weekday show beginning on Monday.

Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Community begun airing on Oct. 1, 1961 immediately after he purchased a bankrupt UHF tv station in Portsmouth, Virginia. The “700 Club” began production in 1966.

Now primarily based in Virginia Seashore, CBN suggests its outreach extends to extra than 100 nations and territories in dozens of languages as a result of Television set and video evangelism, online ministry and prayer facilities. The “700 Club” talk show can be noticed in the broad the greater part of U.S. television marketplaces.

Robertson, who ran for president in 1988, also established the Christian Coalition, galvanizing American evangelicals into a conservative political power.

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As “700 Club” host, Robertson at times observed himself in incredibly hot drinking water for his on-air pronouncements. In 2005, he referred to as for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and warned citizens of a rural Pennsylvania town not to be amazed if catastrophe struck them since they voted out university board users who favored educating “intelligent style and design.”

But Robertson also referred to as for ending mandatory prison sentences for cannabis possession convictions. He later on said on “The 700 Club” that marijuana need to be legalized and taken care of like liquor since the government’s war on drugs had failed.

In December 2007, Robertson’s son, Gordon, succeeded him as chief govt of CBN. Robertson remained chairman of the network and ongoing to look on “The 700 Club.”

Robertson will continue to appear on a monthly, interactive episode of The 700 Club and will arrive on the system “occasionally as news warrants,” the network said.

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Gordon Robertson claimed his father’s “legacy and the example of his prayer life will carry on to direct The 700 Club in the years to arrive.”

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