For years, MSNBC political correspondent Steve Kornacki has engendered fandom for his deep knowledge of electoral minutiae and sports facts, as well as his humble wardrobe of Gap khakis and dress shirts. Now his nerdy charm will play to even bigger audiences.
Kornacki has secured a "new multimillion-dollar four-year contract that will employ him across NBC Sports and its entertainment division in addition to NBC News, where he will be a mainstay of MSNBC’s political coverage," the Los Angeles Times reports. As part of the deal, the gay sports fan will become a regular analyst for NBC's Football Night in America, offer halftime commentary during Sunday Night Football, and provide coverage during the Super Bowl, Olympics, and major horse racing events. Kornacki will also develop, produce, and host a forthcoming game show for Peacock, NBC's streaming service.
Kornacki, 41, will also continue the political and election coverage for MSNBC that first brought him adoration. Some television viewers first became familiar with the Boston native during his round-the-clock coverage of the 2020 presidential election, where he wore the same rumpled clothes for days. The battered tie that he donned during the broadcasts, held together by staples, may now be inducted into the Smithsonian. Kornacki even became a sex symbol to many and made People's list of the Sexiest Men Alive.
"I’m flattered," Kornacki told the Times, "but I do find it inexplicable."