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MSNBC's 'Hardball' Finally Reveals Why Host Chris Matthews Isn't on the Air

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For over a week, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews has been missing a key element of its program: Chris Matthews. The host has been MIA since Oct. 4, and the reason for his absence was finally revealed on the show’s Oct. 14 episode.

What happened to Chris Matthews on Hardball

Fill-in commentator Steve Kornacki announced on Monday night that his colleague is currently recovering from prostate cancer surgery. In a tweet following the show, the political program added, "The procedure went well but [Chris is] taking a few days to get back into fighting shape. He's looking forward to getting back very soon."