Pat Robertson, who turned a tiny Virginia tv station into a world spiritual broadcasting community, is stepping down after a half-century working the “700 Club” on every day TV, the Christian Broadcasting Network introduced on Friday.

Robertson, 91, stated in a press release that he hosted the community’s flagship program for the final time on Friday, and that his son Gordon Robertson will take over the weekday present beginning on Monday.

“I will no longer be the host of the ‘700 Club’ after, I think, 54 years of hosting the program,” Robertson stated on the present on Friday, though he vowed to return once in a while, if he’s had a “revelation” he must share. “I thank God for everyone that’s been involved. And I want to thank all of you.”

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

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The Christian Broadcasting Network says Rev. Pat Robertson is stepping down as host of the long-running daily television show the ‘700 Club.’ Robertson said in a statement that his last time hosting the network’s flagship program was Friday.

The Christian Broadcasting Network says Rev. Pat Robertson is stepping down as host of the long-running every day tv present the ‘700 Club.’ Robertson stated in a press release that his final time internet hosting the community’s flagship program was Friday.
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Now primarily based in Virginia Beach, CBN says its outreach extends to greater than 100 nations and territories in dozens of languages by way of TV and video evangelism, on-line ministry and prayer facilities. The “700 Club” discuss present may be seen within the overwhelming majority of U.S. tv markets.

Robertson, who ran for president in 1988, additionally based the Christian Coalition, galvanizing American evangelicals right into a conservative political pressure.

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

Robertson will nonetheless seem on a month-to-month, interactive episode of The 700 Club and can come on this system “occasionally as news warrants,” the community stated.

Gordon Robertson stated his father’s “legacy and the example of his prayer life will continue to lead The 700 Club in the years to come.”