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MSNBC drops Grodin talker

'Chris Matthews' to fill slot

MSNBC has dropped Charles Grodin’s talkshow from its schedule, the cable network announced Wednesday.

The news came just a year and a half after MSNBC picked up “Charles Grodin” from sister cable web CNBC, where the actor’s nightly strip was underperforming in the ratings.

Grodin’s regular Friday night slot at MSNBC will be filled by “Hardball With Chris Matthews.” Grodin’s show has had lackluster ratings, with an average of 0.1 in cable homes or the equivalent of 76,000 households in October.

Grodin plans to return to film work and will also host specials for Court TV and occasionally appear on NBC News’ “Today” show to raise awareness for various causes.

Grodin has a reputation for airing serious social issues on his talkshows and plans to do the same on film. “I look forward to exploring different platforms that will enable me to put focus on social issues in this country that do not get sufficient attention,” said Grodin in a statement.

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