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Chris Matthews of MSNBC Signs a New Deal

Jon Friedmans Media Matrix By Jon Friedman | Jon Friedmans Media Matrix May 1, 2013 at 10:31AM

Chris Matthews of MSNBC Signs a New Deal
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Chris Matthews Staying at MSNBC

Do you love Chris Matthews' powerful liberal rhetoric on MSNBC? 

Or do you loathe hearing his loud, blustery pronouncements?

Either way, you'll be interested to know that Matthews has extended his deal at MSNBC t(CMCSA), which will prompt the end of his NBC Sunday show, according to TV Newser.

I, for one, am glad Matthews will continue to be a presence in the cable-television wars. I don't always appreciate his grandstanding but he does certainly keep the proceedings lively, which is more than you can say for a lot of program hosts at 24/7 cable news channels.

Matthews is one of those classic TV personalities -- or, if you insist, "journalists" -- who is either admired or detested by the viewers. That might be the ultimate compliment for a TV talking head because it means you have made an impression on your audience. It is the key to his success on MSNBC.

Matthews said in a press release that he will no longer host “The Chris Matthews Show” — a 30-minute Sunday program produced by NBC that he launched 11 years ago — so he could concentrate on his daily show “Hardball,” penning books and creating documentaries.The last show will appear on July 21.

“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 said, according to TVNewser. “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.”


“The one adjustment I’m making is to pull back from the weekend ‘Chris Matthews Show,’” he added. “There are limits to what I can do in a week."

He said he is working on a book about the relationship between 1980s political icons, House Speaker Tip O’Neill and President Ronald Reagan. Matthews, 67, had worked as a top aide to O'Neill, one of the most colorful characters of the day in U.S. politics.