Chris Matthews Retires from MSNBC Following Controversies
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- On Monday night Chris Matthews, a longtime political anchor and host of the MSNBC talk show “Hardball,” resigned abruptly.
- Matthews had been facing mounting criticism recently over several on-air comments, including a comparison of Bernie Sanders’s campaign to the Nazi invasion of France and an interview with Elizabeth Warren in which the anchor was criticized for a condescending and disbelieving tone.
- On Saturday, journalist Laura Bassett published an essay accusing Mr. Matthews of making multiple inappropriate comments about her appearance.
- Matthews announced his departure in a brief monologue at the beginning of his Monday night broadcast, taking viewers and many colleagues by surprise. He made it clear that his exit was not entirely his choosing, saying “Obviously, it isn’t for a lack of interest in politics.”
- Matthews went on to apologize for past insensitive comments, stating: “Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK are never OK. Not then, and certainly not today.”
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