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Chris Matthews Resigns On-Air

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5 minutes ago, Viper550 said:

Chris Matthews just announced that he is retiring from Hardball.

Wow! After a more than 25-year run on three networks, the now-defunct America's Talking, CNBC, and now MSNBC!

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11 minutes ago, Viper550 said:

Chris Matthews just announced that he is retiring from Hardball.

Why do I feel it's not a coincidence? 

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I think Hardball should continue, but maybe with Steve Kornacki at the helm. He's been doing most Friday editions of the show.

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They said on the broadcast it was the last "Hardball".

 

I wonder if it will be another MSNBC Live for a bit. I wonder if they will blow up the schedule soon then later.  Maybe moving Deadline, MTP Daily (or cancelling). Adding Josh Johnson etc. 

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48 minutes ago, MorningNews said:

Apparently he announced his retirement and was gone after the commercial break.

According to the Washington Post, this is what happened after the break:

 

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Upon return, Steve Kornacki, Matthews’ temporary replacement, told viewers, “That was a lot to take in.” He called Matthews “a giant” and “a legend,” adding “I think you’re going to miss him and I will, too.” He then went to another commercial break.

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2 minutes ago, MorningNews said:

Does this create an obvious opportunity for Shep Smith as rumored before?

 

He's still under a no-compete clause until July.

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2 hours ago, Drew said:

They said on the broadcast it was the last "Hardball".

 

I wonder if it will be another MSNBC Live for a bit. I wonder if they will blow up the schedule soon then later.  Maybe moving Deadline, MTP Daily (or cancelling). Adding Josh Johnson etc. 

 

If they decide to move a show, Deadline:WH would be the best choice imo. They could use another female voice on the night side (besides Maddow) and D:WH would be an ideal replacement rather than starting anew in that hour.

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Wonder if they would consider moving MTP Daily to 4pm, The Beat to 7pm, and then have D:WH run for 2 hours 5-7pm.

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Pretty sudden retirement and evidently with little warning. He had made a few controversial comments the last week or so. Can't help but think if he was feeling the pressure. If not that, then some have pointed out he seemingly hasn't been all there lately, especially when signing off.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Georgie56 said:

 

He's still under a no-compete clause until July.

Is that a confirmed date, or speculation?

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(A big thank-you to whoever split this out into its own thread. 👍)

 

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6 hours ago, blizzard59 said:

Is that a confirmed date, or speculation?

 

 

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Retirement pretty abrupt if you ask me..  However, a true legend in this business.

As what should replace hardball remains to be seen. However, I would like to see Deadline White House go primetime.

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Chris Matthews was one of a kind.  No debate to that.

 

As for a replacement ... my personal choice, the only choice for a replacement ... KEITH OLBERMANN.

 

His Countdown show he had was excellent.  His opinion pieces he had on air, was spotless and perfect.  I remember the one he did when he scorched George W. Bush for playing golf and the one where he spent an entire hour on a commentary about the Affordable Care Act.

 

Keith (like Rachel Maddow) was a steady guiding light in troubling times.  And without trying to editorialize any more than I need to, something we need right now.

 

-- Matt

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Been working during the hardball hour who’s anchoring this week and is it called msnbc live or just hardball? 

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15 hours ago, mre29 said:

No need to shout.

 

That was my fault.. Had caps lock on. However, didn't mean to shout at all.  Apologies.

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