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Anchor Chris Matthews Out at MSNBC Amid Allegations of Sexual Harrassment

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Chris Matthews, battling allegations of sexual harassment amid a series of gaffes that displeased his liberal following, has been ousted at MSNBC.

On his show Monday, Matthews framed his departure as a retirement.

“Let me start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring. This is the last ‘Hardball‘ on MSNBC,” Matthews said as he began his show.

“And obviously, this isn’t for the lack of interest in politics. As you can tell, I loved every minute of my 20 years as host of ‘Hardball.’ Every morning I read the papers and I’m gung-ho to get to work,” he added.

“Not many people have had this privilege. I love working with my producers and our discussions we have on how we report the news. And I love having this connection with you, the people who watch.”

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Matthews hinted that the departure was not all his own idea.

“After conversations with MSNBC, I decided tonight will be my last ‘Hardball.’ So let me tell you why. The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. We see them in politics, in the media and fighting for their causes,” he said.

Matthews then touched on the issue of allegations of sexual harassment against him, saying that the workplace of 2020 has “better standards than we grew up with — fairer standards. A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other.”

Is the ouster of Chris Matthews fair?

“Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK were not OK, not then and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry,” he said.

GQ columnist Laura Bassett, who in a recent article accused Matthews of sexual harassment based on an incident in 2016, was unmoved by his comments.

“All I gotta say is… it’s about time,” she tweeted.

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Some were cynical about the retirement.

“Matthews has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct on his show for years now, including a separation-relation payment made to a staffer in 1999,” Spectator USA Washington editor Amber Athey said according to Fox News.

“The only reason the left is giving weight to these claims now is because they don’t like that he’s gone after Elizabeth Warren’s insistence that we must reflexively believe all women.”

Twitter buzzed over the departure of Matthews, who had been a fixture on MSNBC:

Matthews had been a target of the left in past days.

On a recent show, he said that in his view, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont had the Democratic presidential nomination all but won, and compared the suddenness of the victory to the lightning-fast German victory over France in 1940, leading to claims that he was likening the campaign of Sanders, who is Jewish, to the Nazis.

On Friday, Matthews mixed up two black South Carolina politicians, confusing Democrat Jaime Harrison, who is running for the U.S. Senate, with Republican Sen. Tim Scott.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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