For 20 years, Chris Matthews has been host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” a bombastic and liberal leaning hour of political analysis and debate. Last Monday, Matthews abruptly resigned from the show following accusations of inappropriate comments including remarks about several women. Matthews officially apologized for his remarks.
Matthews said he was still proud of his work despite his mistakes. He also cheered on the continued efforts of his colleagues saying, “I’m working on another book. I’ll continue to write and talk about politics and cheer on my producers and crew here in Washington and New York and my MSNBC colleagues. They will continue to produce great journalism in the years ahead.”
Last Friday, journalist Laura Bassett wrote in a GQ column that Matthews made her uncomfortable just before a 2016 Hardball appearance because he “inappropriately flirted with me in the makeup room.” Basset wrote that Matthews said to her, “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” According to the story, Basset made a nervous laugh and then Matthews told the makeup artist ‘Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her.’
The article appeared at the same time as Matthews was fielding criticism for the tone of his on-the-air interview of Elizabeth Warren, which was seen as condescending.
The two swirling controversies built me-too movement pressure over the weekend that resulted in the surprise resignation on Monday night. Colleagues of Chris Matthews were visibly shaken by the news.