Chris Matthews Stunningly Announces Retirement, Leaves MSNBC
On Monday, March 2, 2020, longtime MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews unexpectedly announced his retirement on air. "I'm retiring," Matthews told viewers at the beginning of his show Monday night. "This is the last 'Hardball' at 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.'"
Given the abrupt nature of the announcement and his tone throughout, it certainly didn't seem like Matthews was thrilled to have to sign off for the last time — and he didn't even get to finish his final broadcast. Following the announcement, MSNBC aired a commercial and when Hardball returned, NBC correspondent Steve Kornacki took over, visibly taken aback. "Um, that was a lot to take in just now, I'm sure". Kornacki said. "And I'm sure you're still absorbing that, and I am, too."
An MSNBC insider reportedly told The Post that the news of Matthews immediate departure was kept under wraps until the very last minute. "The news was kept a secret at the network until around 6 p.m. on Monday when all the senior staff were informed Matthews would retire at the top of his show, at 7 p.m.," the insider said (via Page Six).
After 20 years, the veteran political anchor was given about two minutes to say goodbye. What led to Matthews immediate exit from a job he seemed to be so passionate about?