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Chris Matthews eyeing return to NBC

19 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- MSNBC may find out soon whether "Hardball" host Chris Matthews returns to the channel, which has been invigorated in the ratings.

Matthews is said to be considering an offer from NBC to remain as host of "Hardball," a job he's held for more than a decade, or to return to his native Pennsylvania to run for the U.S. Senate against Gop incumbent Arlen Specter.

There are indications that a decision could come soon, sometime before Inaugural Day. But MSNBC president Phil Griffin declined late last week to say whether that's true or not.

"I've talked to Chris. I think he's going to be here for a long time," Griffin said. "I want him to be here for a long time." Griffin said that there would be "clarity" soon.

Matthews through a spokesman declined an interview. The 63-year-old Matthews is believed to make roughly $5 million a year »

- By Paul J. Gough

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