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VIDEO: Chris Matthews Announces Retirement: ‘This Is the Last Hardball’

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MATTHEWS: “Let me start with my headline tonight. I’m retiring. This is the last Hardball on MSNBC, and obviously this isn’t for a lack of interest in politics. As you can tell, I have 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 or waiting at an airport and saying hello. You’re like me. I hear from your kids and grandchildren who say ‘my dad loves you’ or ‘my grandmother loves you’ or ‘my husband watched it till the end.’ After a conversation with MSNBC, I decided tonight will be my last Hardball. So let me tell you why. The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, in the media, in fighting for their causes. They have proven in the workplace. We’re talking here about better standards than we grew up with, fair standards. A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other. Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay, were never okay. Not then, and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done here. Long before I went on television, I worked for years in politics, was a newspaper columnist and author. I’m working on another book. I’ll continue to write and talk about politics and cheer on my producers and crew here in Washington and New York and my MSNBC colleagues. They will continue to produce great journalism in the years ahead. And for those who have gotten in the habit of watching Hardball every night, I hope you’re going to miss me because I’m going to miss you. But remember Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. We’ll always have Hardball. So let’s not say goodbye, but till we meet again.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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