Chris Matthews Signs Long-Term Deal to Stay at MSNBC: Report

by | April 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM | Hardball, TV News

Chris Matthews (Photo: Getty Images)

Political commentator and talk-show host Chris Matthews will stick around at MSNBC at least through the 2016 presidential elections under a new contract he’s just signed with the NBC-owned cable channel.

The deal is described as “long-term” in this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site, but the length of the term is not specified, other than the fact that Matthews will be around at least long enough to cover an election that will choose a new president.

The THR story noted that Matthews is 67, but he apparently has no plans to retire any time soon.

Still, as part of his new deal, he will relinquish one of the shows he hosts — the syndicated weekend, public-affairs talk show known as “The Chris Matthews Show.” He will continue, however, to host “Hardball” daily on MSNBC.

More than any other single personality on MSNBC, Matthews is the one most people know when they think of the news channel. The channel’s president, Phil Griffin, acknowledged this fact in a statement he gave to THR. “He’s as identified with this network as anyone,” Griffin said of Matthews. “He’s our lead-off hitter.”