President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years

President Obama will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning in his first appearance on the news program since 2009, the network has announced.

The Obama interview comes hours before the so-called "fiscal cliff" deadline. Obama has called on Congress in recent days to pass legislation that would prevent income taxes from rising and spending cuts from taking effect. 

In his radio address on Saturday,  Obama said the recovering economy "can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound," and urged Congress to immediately pass legislation. 

Obama will be interviewed by the show's moderator, David Gregory, who was supposed to be on vacation after he found himself at the center of an investigation by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.

The investigation began after Gregory revealed what appeared to be a high-capacity gun magazine, which is illegal in D.C.,  on the set during last Sunday's show during an interview with the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre.