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MSNBC 'Hardball' Host Matthews Retires On Air After Controversies

By    |   Monday, 02 March 2020 07:40 PM

MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews Monday announced he would be retiring from the network effective immediately, following several recent on-air gaffes and controversies. 

The political commentator and journalist made his announcement at the beginning of the program he hosted for more than 20 years, saying that after speaking with NBC News officials, he'd decided that Monday would be his "last Hardball." 

"The younger generations are ready to take the reins," said Matthews. "We see them in politics, the media, they have proven in the workplace. They grew up with better standards, fair standards."

Matthews, 74, has come under fire for several issues in recent months, including comparing a campaign win by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, to a Nazi invasion; for misidentifying an African-American politician, and for allegedly making sexist comments about a female guest, reports CNN.

"Compliments on a woman's appearance some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay were never okay, certainly not today," Matthews said in his farewell comments. "For making such comments in the past, I'm sorry."

He added that he's proud of his work and that he'll continue to write and talk about politics. When the network came back from a commercial break, Matthews was gone, and MSNBC's Steve Kornacki had a look of shock on his face at the sudden announcement and departure of Matthews.

The allegations of making sexist comments were made last week when GQ columnist Laura Bassett said Matthews made comments about how she was dressed while she was a guest on his program in 2016. 

Meanwhile, Sanders' aides were shocked when Matthews likened his campaign surge to the Nazi invasion of France, and last Friday, Matthews confused Sen. Lindsey Graham's primary opponent Jaime Harrison with Graham's GOP colleague, Sen. Tim Scott. 

CNN reports a person with knowledge of the situation said Matthews has been speaking with MSNBC executives for several months about his retirement, but the talks "accelerated" after the controversies. He had been expected to retire after this year's elections. 

Matthews also was absent Saturday during MSNBC's election coverage of South Carolina's primary election. 

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