Would you want to be see Chris Matthews on Fox News? The MSNBC host and former speechwriter to Jimmy Carter has revealed in an interview with Forbes that, not only has he turned down two opportunities to work at Fox News (over a decade ago), but he is also “loyal” to the network’s president, Roger Ailes.
You might recall that, back in 1994, Ailes hired Matthews to host Politics with Chris Matthews on the “America’s Talking” channel. The show would later transform into Matthews’ current MSNBC program, Hardball.
Deadline.com offers a deliciously snarky bit of reaction from Fox News:
“Those offers were made before we became #1,” a Fox News executive said. “Where would we put him now? Maybe as a lead in to Red Eye.” This is a reference to the fact that in October, Fox News’ 3 AM show Red Eye beat MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews in adults 25-54 with 177,000 viewers vs. 163,000.
Looking at criticism Matthews has received from the left (for, say, having voted for George W. Bush in 2000 and for featuring right-leaning guests on his show), it’s not too surprising that the man Salon once referred to as the “most conservative voice” on MSNBC would have been considered for a Fox News show.
And, you know. He might be a good fit yet. Can you imagine him on The Five?
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