Chris Matthews Contract: Host Re-Ups With MSNBC; Ending 'Chris Matthews Show'

Chris Matthews inked a new long-term deal with MSNBC on Tuesday, extending his presence on the network into the 2016 election.

The Hollywood Reporter reported that while Matthews will stick with his 5:00 p.m. show "Hardball," he would end his Sunday program, "The Chris Matthews Show" in July. The show aired in multiple markets on Sunday mornings before "Meet The Press." The network has not yet announced plans for its replacement.

Matthews started his show "Hardball" in 1997 (which originally aired on CNBC) and "The Chris Matthews Show" in 2002. While the network has tweaked its evening roster in recent years, Matthews has been a regular presence on MSNBC during the 5:00 p.m. hour. He has also served as a major part of the network's election coverage. He co-anchored MSNBC's coverage of the 2008 election with then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. In 2012, Rachel Maddow anchored the network's coverage from New York while Matthews traveled along the campaign trail.



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