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

CBN, now based in Virginia Beach, says its reach extends to more than 100 countries and territories in dozens of languages ​​through television and video evangelism, online ministry, and prayer centers. The talk show “700 Club” can be seen in the vast majority of US television markets.

Robertson, who ran for president in 1988, also founded the Christian Coalition, which turned American evangelicals into a conservative political force.

As the host of the “700 Club”, Robertson sometimes found himself in hot water during his on-air announcements. In 2005, he called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and warned residents of a rural Pennsylvania town not to be surprised if they were to be struck by a disaster because they voted out school board members who advocated the teaching of “intelligent design.”

However, Robertson also called for the end of compulsory jail sentences for marijuana possession convictions. He later said at the 700 Club that marijuana should be legalized and treated like alcohol because the government’s war on drugs had failed.

In December 2007, Robertson’s son Gordon succeeded him as CEO of CBN. Robertson remained chairman of the network and continued to appear in the 700 Club.

Robertson will continue to appear in a monthly, interactive episode of the “700 Club,” and will appear “occasionally as a news guarantee” on the show, the network said.

Gordon Robertson said that “his father’s legacy and example of his prayer life will guide the 700 Club for years to come.”

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