Chris Matthews Ends Sunday Show, Signs Long-Term Deal To Renew Hardball

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.

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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.

h/t TVNewser

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