So yesterday was Chris Matthews’s much-anticipated appearance on Ellen. Anticipated, of course, not for the interview, but for the dancing. Would there be awkwardness? Would there be falling? Would there be groping?

Nope. It was pretty tame—and good-natured. “You know how much I admire you and love you,” Ellen told a bashful Matthews (after suggesting that the two enter, together, Dancing with the Stars). “But we’ve had so much fun with this, and the audience has loved it, so thank you for being a good sport. You’re a really good man.”


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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.