It is the end of an era, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has shocked many including some of his own staff members and colleagues by announcing that he is retiring.
The TV veteran and political commentator briefly appeared on Hardball on Monday night, where he revealed that he was retiring after being on the network for 20 years.
Matthews said in the short segment: “Let me start with my headline tonight. I’m retiring. This is the last Hardball on MSNBC. After conversations with MSNBC, I decided tonight would be my last Hardball, so let me tell you why. The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. You see them in politics, in the media, in fighting for the causes.”
He went on to say: “A lot of them have to do with how we talk to each other. Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, included me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay, were never okay. Not then and certainly not today, and for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”
When the political show returned from the ad break, Steve Kornacki was in Matthews’ spot, and he was surprised by what occurred.
He claimed: “That was a lot to take in just now, I’m sure. I’m sure you’re still absorbing that, and I am too.”
Matthews had a complicated month where he was accused by GQ columnist Laura Bassett of inappropriate behavior in a piece where she explained: “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, and I’ll fall in love with her.'”
She went on to say: “Another time, he stood between me and the mirror and complimented the red dress I was wearing for the segment. ‘You are going out tonight?’ he asked. I said I didn’t know, and he said—again to the makeup artist—’Make sure you wipe this off her face after the show. We don’t make her up, so some guy at a bar can look at her like this. I’m pretty sure that behavior doesn’t rise to the level of illegal sexual harassment. But it undermined my ability to do my job well. And after I published a story about it, even though I didn’t name him, dozens of people reached out to say they knew exactly who it was.”
Matthews was also under fire for comparing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s big win in Nevada to the Nazis taking France in 1940.