Lester Holt Seemingly MIA During Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s First Presidential Debate: Moderator Slammed for Lack of Control

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump weren’t the only ones being scrutinized during the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26.

NBC moderator Lester Holt was slammed for his lack of interaction by viewers who thought he’d walked out of the clash all together.

At the beginning of the 90-minute debate, Holt, 57, said: “I'm honored to have this role, but the evening belongs to the candidates,” which may explain why he then seemed to bow out.

However when Trump, 70, began interrupting Clinton, 68, on several occasions social media sprang to life with people asking: “Where has Holt gone?”

Moderator Lester Holt listens during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.
Moderator Lester Holt listens during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The anchor became the butt of numerous jokes as comments poured in on Twitter suggesting he was stuck in a long line for the restroom, and he’d been gone so long his face was now on the side of a milk carton.

Holt did reappear to interrupt the dueling duo to fact-check, but was then accused of being biased for attacking Trump more often than Clinton.

In the final minutes of the debate he tried to regain control of the discussion, but could hardly get a word in edgewise.

“I wouldn’t want Lester Holt to even moderate a Faculty Senate meeting,” read one Twitter comment. “That guy can’t control a damn thing.”

Another user wrote. “Lester Holt has lost all control. He’s like a cool sub teacher, he just gave up.”

While many felt he could have been more present for the political face-off, Holt was also praised for letting Trump and Clinton battle it out.

The second presidential debate will be held on Sunday, October 9.

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