Chris Matthews, long-time “Hardball” host is done at MSNBC.
Without any warning, Matthews announced his departure from the network Monday.
Chris Matthews, one of the longest-tenured voices at MSNBC, announced his retirement during Monday’s night’s airing of his talk show, “Hardball.”
Matthews, 74, said he and MSNBC had mutually agreed to part ways. The decision followed a series of events that resulted in criticism of the host’s statements about Bernie Sanders, African-American lawmakers, and comments he had made to female journalists and coworkers.
“I’m retiring,” Matthews said. “This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC.”
Matthews was due to retire in the near future with the events of the past week playing a factor in the timing of the move, an MSNBC spokesperson said.
Matthews, a former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, has hosted “Hardball” on MSNBC since 1999 and remained a centrist voice on the cable news channel’s prime-time programming, which often features commentary that is further to the left.
— Chris Matthews (@HardballChris) March 3, 2020
Am I the only one a little shocked by what just occured on #MSNBC? #ChrisMatthews greets the audience by telling them this would be the last #Hardball. He goes to break and when they come back from commercial Chris is GONE. An understandably shook Steve Kornacki left at the desk.
— Nick Walden Poublon (@NWPinPDX) March 3, 2020
— Loving WeHo ❤️?️?? (@lovingweho) March 3, 2020
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