by Pam Key
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews opened Monday night’s broadcast of “Hardball” with a two-minute retirement announcement then the program went to commercial.
When the show returned, a visibly shocked Steve Kornacki had taken over the anchor spot.
Kornacki said, “That was a lot to take in just now, I’m sure. I’m sure you’re still absorbing that, and I am too.”
He continued, “Chris Matthews is a giant, a legend, it’s been an honor for me to work with him, to sit in here on occasion, and I know how much you meant to him, and I know how much he meant to you. And I think you’re going to miss him and I know I’m going to. We are not going to have any bells or whistles here. We do have to fill the rest of this hour. We are going to take a quick break and come back with today’s news.”