MNSBC and Chris Matthews Ink Long Term Deal: “The Chris Matthews Show” Ending

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MSNBC, whose bigwigs have made no secret of how much they love “Hardball” host Chris Matthews — who was a great newspaper columnist before he moved over totally to cable — is in it for the longhaul with Matthews. They just signed a new deal, but part of that will involve axing “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated show, so Matthews can concentrate on “Hardball,” long form shows and books.

MSNBC has signed Chris Matthews to a new, long-term contract with the channel, TVNewser has learned.

As part of the new deal, however, he will be ending “The Chris Matthews Show,” a syndicated public affairs show produced out of the NBC News DC bureau. The final edition of the program will air July 21. The half-hour show typically aired on Sunday mornings, though not every local market carried it. The show has been produced by NBC since 2002.

Matthews says he is ending the syndicated show to focus on “Hardball,” his books and his long-form TV docs.

“There are limits to what I can do in a week,” Matthews says in a statement.

But no limits to what Matthews can say in one breath.

9 Comments

  1. I’m not crazy about CM, but I do watch his NBC Sunday show as I flip around to Fox and ABC (I tape CNN’s shows). I will miss him but not enough to watch his MSNBC shows.

  2. For decades I have followed Matthews. I started watching “Hardball” after the show started in 1997 on CNBC. I liked him a lot. But since 2008 he is increasingly difficult to watch.

    That was the year he said this about Hillary Clinton:

    “I’ll be brutal, the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That’s how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win there on her merit.”

    He is no longer acts like a journalist. He has morphed into another cable hack. I still tape his Hardball program M-F to see what he and Howard Fineman are saying. However, to me, he is increasingly irrelevant.

  3. ““There are limits to what how much yelling I can do in a week,” Matthews says in a statement.”

  4. Whether it’s FOX or MSNBC, O’Reilly or Matthews, I’ve reached a point where hosts who talk over their guests just don’t do it for me anymore. Try asking a question, listening to the answer, and proceeding to the logical next step in an interesting conversation.

    Just my view.

  5. From the 1970s “The Robert MacNeil Report” to “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” to “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” to “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” to the current “PBS NewsHour”, civility rules.

  6. tidbits has hit on the one thing that detracts from Hardball. I agree with almost everything Chris says and he says better than I can but he could use some time watching his old shows for flaws (and listening to us). :-) And his book-flogging is even worse than the mouthiness.

  7. Good to hear it Joe.

  8. Now if CM could only learn to stop interrupting people…

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