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Olbermann offers Matthews a grape.

By Ben Armbruster  

"Olbermann offers Matthews a grape."

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In an April 13 New York Times magazine profile of MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Mark Leibovich noted that “sometimes during the commercial breaks” of MSNBC’s presidential primary coverage “Matthews will boast to” his colleague and fellow MSNBC host Keith Olbermann “of having restrained himself during the prior segment.” “And I reward him with a grape,” Olbermann said snarkily. During last night’s primary coverage, when Matthews started to get a little worked up, Olbermann offered a grape. “No, I’ve had enough grapes buddy,” Matthews replied. Watch it:

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In the Times profile, Olbermann told Leibovich: “There is a sense at times that we are always joining Chris Matthews already in progress…and he has no idea when it stops and starts. My responsibility sometimes is to grab the wheel when he doesn’t hold it.”

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