Video: Chris Matthews Abruptly Retires From MSNBC Just Days After Feminist Groups Called for His Firing

FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, is pictured at the NBC Universal summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)


The last several weeks have been hella bad for Chris Matthews.

He’s faced a wave of criticism from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders over his relentlessly negative coverage of the Sanders campaign, even comparing Sanders’ win in Nevada to the Nazis invading France (Matthews would later apologize). He had an embarrassing meltdown over the Iowa Democratic caucus debacle.

Just last week, Matthews confused Sen. Lindsey Graham’s general election opponent Jaime Harrison, who is black, with Sen. Tim Scott – on live TV. That same week, he badgered Sen. Elizabeth Warren over her “kill it” attack on Michael Bloomberg during the debate, asking her 6 times in a minute and half segment if she really felt Bloomberg said “kill it” and what her evidence was to back up her claim.

His treatment of Warren prompted calls from feminist groups for his firing. Right after that, a new #MeToo claim against Matthews from journalist Laura Bassett surfaced. Matthews was also noticeably absent from MSNBC’s coverage of the SC Democratic presidential primary Saturday, prompting speculation as to what might be going on behind the scenes.

He ended that speculation to some degree on tonight’s edition of “Hardball” by abruptly announcing his retirement, and apologizing to women he has offended with his reportedly crude behavior.



Here’s the transcript of his statement:

What’s particularly intriguing about his announcement is that it appears his colleagues didn’t know about it beforehand. Also, instead of completing the show, Matthews walked off set and didn’t return after he made his statement at the beginning of the program:


There are conflicting reports as to whether this was a mutual decision or whether he was forced out by the higher-ups. In any event, his co-workers at MSNBC and NBC are all weighing in on social media about what a wonderful “mentor and friend” he was, yada yada, while pretty much everyone else is like “good riddance.”

Though Matthews is now out at the struggling news network, one mystery about him endures:

Inquiring minds wanna know…


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