Women's rights groups and advocates applauded the resignation of longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews Monday evening as a necessary-if "beyond overdue"-step that came just three days after GQ columnist Laura Bassett accused Matthews demeaning and objectifying her and other women guests during segments and behind the scenes". After more than 20 years at MSNBC and building a high-profile with Hardball, Matthews leaves at a time when cable news is thriving and a presidential election is only months away.
"Compliments on a woman's appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay, were never okay". Certainly not today. For making such comments in the past, I'm sorry'.
Notwithstanding the allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women, Matthews's general conduct as a political commentator had grown increasingly deranged in recent years.
On Friday, Matthews confused the identities of two African American politicians, Sen.
Commenting on the Nevada caucuses, Matthews compared Sanders' victory to Germany's takeover of France in World War II, drawing the ire of many liberals.
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"Let me start with my headline tonight", Matthews said. On Friday's show, he confused the identities of South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison and Sen. Another time, Matthews told her makeup artist, "Make sure you wipe this off her face after the show". She had criticized the way Matthews previously described former first lady Hillary Clinton and one of her husband's accusers.
By Saturday, some of the anchor's confidants had grown concerned about his position at the network. Instead, he was absent.
An MSNBC insider told The Post that network executive Phil Griffin told Matthews this weekend in Washington, DC, where "Hardball" is filmed, that "he had to resign or retire immediately".
On Monday, Matthews concluded his MSNBC career by telling viewers that he would miss them and borrowing a line from "Casablanca". All true. He made a couple of mild compliments to Bassett: "Why haven't I fallen in love with you yet?" "We'll always have 'Hardball, '" he said. "Let's not say goodbye, but until we meet again". After a commercial break, he was replaced in the anchor chair by a shaken Steve Kornacki.
"That was a lot to take in", Kornacki said, adding that it was an honor to work with Matthews.