Chris Matthews signs long-term deal with MSNBC, ends 'The Chris Matthews Show'

FILE - This May 5, 2009 file photo shows Chris Matthews arriving at the Time 100 Gala, in New York. The veteran MSNBC host raised his profile as much as any member of the television commentariat during the 2012 presidential campaign. His 5 p.m. "Hardball" show has seen viewership jump by 24 percent this year from 2011, 17 percent for the rerun two hours later. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

Chris Matthews has renewed a new long-term deal with MSNBC. But as part of his contract, he's saying goodbye to The Chris Matthews Show.

The Philly-raised journalist's long-term contract with the cable TV channel keeps Matthews on board at least through the next presidential election, writes The Hollywood Reporter. The Chris Matthews Show, a half-hour syndicated show produced from NBC's DC bureau since 2002, however, will see its final air date on July 21.

In his full statement, shared by TVNewser Tuesday afternoon, Matthews extols Nancy Nathan, executive producer of the outgoing Chris Matthews Show, for her work on the program: "For more than a decade, she and her team have allowed me to offer great Sunday morning television. I have been proud of every program and the chance to interview some of the best journalists in this country, and, yes, to have them 'tell me something I don’t know.' "

Matthews adds, "Henceforth, I intend to concentrate any time left over from “Hardball” on writing books like the one I’m committed to now on the relationship between Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan, that and producing documentaries on history and politics."

Speaking of politics, Matthews' new deal probably implies he's no longer pursuing the option of running for office in Pa, speculates THR. He did, after all, share this as part of his statement: "There are limits to what I can do in a week."