Hardball is no more! Chris Matthews shocked fans on Monday night by announcing he was retiring from the MSNBC series. He was appearing on his last series.
Per TV Guide, he said the following in his nearly two minute speech at the start of the broadcast:
“Let me start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring. This is the last on MSNBC, and obviously this isn’t for lack of interest in politics. As you can tell I’ve loved every minute of my 20 years as host of Hardball. Every morning I read the papers and I’m gung-ho to get to work. Not many people have had this privilege. I love working with my producers and the discussions we have over how to report the news. And I love having this connection with you, the good people who watch. I’ve learned who you are, bumping into you on the sidewalk right waiting in an airport and saying hello, you’re like me, I heard from your kids and grandchildren who say my dad loves you, or my grandmother loves you or my husband watched until the end.
After conversations with MSNBC, I’ve decided tonight will be my last Hardball. Let me tell you why: The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, in media, in fighting for their causes. They are improving the workplace, we’re talking here about better standards than we grew up with, fair standards.”
He continued on with more, including an apology. See video of his announcement below.
What do you think? Are you shocked by this announcement? Are you a fan of Hardball?
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— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 3, 2020