According to the New York Times, MSNBS pays Matthews 5 million a year to play a stammering buffoon on TV every night
Chris Matthews, the usually garrulous host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, has quietly signed a new long-term contract to remain with the cable network through the next election, signaling that he had quit entertaining any plans to run for a Senate seat.
The deal is for at least four years. Financial terms were not disclosed, and neither side would confirm whether MSNBC had won a reduction in salary for the host, as it had been reported to be seeking. Previous reports put his annual salary at about $5 million.
One executive involved in the negotiations said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”
Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said the deal would guarantee that Mr. Matthews would “be around…
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