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Pat Robertson steps down after 50 years running ‘700 Club’

After a half century running the Christian Broadcasting Network show “The 700 Club,” 91-year-old host Pat Robertson has stepped down from the position.

“Today’s show will be my final as host of ‘The 700 Club,’” Robertson said on Friday’s episode, according to the Wrap.

“My replacement will be my very capable son, Gordon, who will take over as full-time host of the program,” he added of his 63-year-old son, who has been the show’s co-host and executive producer for the past two decades. 

Robertson began hosting “The 700 Club” in 1966, six years after founding CBN. The program’s name was inspired by a 1963 telethon Robertson hosted in which he asked 700 viewers to pledge $10 a month to the network. Since Robertson started CBN in a small Virginia television station, it has grown into an international religious network. “The 700 Club” is its flagship program.

“CBN was the first Christian television network established in the United States,” boasts its website. “Today CBN is one of the world’s largest television ministries and produces programming seen in 159 nations and heard in 70 languages.” 

Pat Robertson speaks to several thousand Christians and Jews during the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem event in the Wohl Rose Garden in front of the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, October 3, 2004.
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While retiring as host, Robertson has no plans to retire in full, and will now shift his energies toward teaching at Regent University, which he founded in 1977. He will also make guest appearances on CBN broadcasts, including future episodes of “The 700 Club,” the Wrap reported. 

“‘Good and faithful’ doesn’t even begin to describe my father’s service to CBN for 60 years. His legacy and the example of his prayer life will continue to lead ‘The 700 Club’ in the years to come,” Gordon Robertson said. “And the best part is, he is just going across the street to Regent University and will be on ‘The 700 Club’ regularly in the future.”

Pat Robertson waves American and Cuban flags on a presidential campaign trip to Miami in January of 1988.
Pat Robertson waves American and Cuban flags on a campaign trip to Miami in January 1988, when he was running for president.
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