Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC, cites comments to women

Politics

FILE – This Sept. 18, 2013 file photo shows political pundit Chris Matthews at a screening of “Rush” in New York. Matthews announced his retirement on his political talk show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Monday, March 2, 2020. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

TAMPA (WFLA/AP) – Chris Matthews, one of the longest-tenured voices at MSNBC has announced his retirement during Monday night’s airing of his talk show, “Hardball” citing his inappropriate comments about women.

Matthews opened his program with the announcement he was ending his run on the political hour that he started in 1997.

“I’m retiring,” Matthews said. “This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC.”

He said compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, himself included, thought were OK “were never OK.”

He remained proud of the work he ‘s done on the show, he said.

In a first-person story for GQ published Feb. 28, freelance journalist Laura Bassett said Matthews behaved inappropriately toward her when she was guest on his show.

“In 2016, right before I had to go on his show and talk about sexual-assault allegations against Donald Trump, Matthews looked over at me in the makeup chair next to him and said, ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?’ When I laughed nervously and said nothing, he followed up to the makeup artist. ‘Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her,’” Bassett wrote. “Another time, he stood between me and the mirror and complimented the red dress I was wearing for the segment. ‘You going out tonight?’ he asked.”

Bassett said she written about the encounter in a 2017 essay but didn’t name Matthews because she was afraid of network retaliation, adding, “I’m not anymore.”

According to NBC News, Matthews was due to retire in the near future with the events of the past week playing a factor in the timing of the move.

Matthews recently apologized to Bernie Sanders for comparing the Democratic senator’s win in the Nevada caucus to the Nazi takeover of France.

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