According to a report, Chris Matthews will cease hosting his long-running Sunday program, The Chris Matthews Show. The D.C.-based public affairs program which airs prior to Meet the Press in select markets will end after its final episode on July 21. Mathews has, however, signed a long-term deal with MSNBC to continue to host his cable news show, Hardball.
The details of Matthews deal with MSNBC are not yet known, but he addresses the upcoming cancellation of his Sunday program in a statement saying that he can only do so much in a single week.
“I want Hardball fans to know that I’m signing a long-term contract with MSNBC to carry on a show we started back in 1997 based on a book I wrote in 1988,” Matthews says in a statement. “To be perfectly truthful, I’d be doing what I do on the show – talking and arguing politics – for nothing even if it weren’t on the air. I think the viewer can tell I put all I’ve got out there Monday through Friday evenings.”
Matthews says that he was forced to abandon a syndicated column in order to host The Chris Matthews Show in 2002. “I will miss having the weekend show just as I missed having the column, but I can’t do everything and still do what I have to do well,” Matthews concludes.
An earlier version of the post claimed that NBC had cancelled The Chris Matthews Show. It was Matthews decision to end the Sunday program.
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