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Chris Matthews from MSNBC's 'Hardball' Announces Retirement On-Air Amid Recent Controversies

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 04, 2020
02:30 A.M.
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This week, Chris Matthews shocked “Hardball” viewers when he made an announcement on-air that he was retiring from the political talk show with immediate effect.

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The television newsman opened this week’s segment by revealing that he was leaving MSNBC for good. Matthews’s announcement came amidst a string of recent controversies facing the star.

The veteran host started the show off by revealing that he sharing would be sharing his main headline. The star jumped into his revelation by stating: "This is the last Hardball on MSNBC, and obviously this isn't for lack of interest in politics."

Chris Matthews at the Republican presidential debate in Dearborn, Michigan, on October 9, 2007 | Photo: chetlyzarko/Flickr

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Matthews retires from MSNBC

Matthews, 74, explained that he’d loved “every minute” of working on “Hardball” for the past 20 years. He shared how excited and appreciative he was to have a job where reading the script for the day got him excited.

Compliments on a women's appearance by some men and me were never OK

The television personality’s retirement was expected to come in the near future, but not this soon. He explained the immediate retirement came "after a conversation with MSNBC."

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Chris addresses recent controversies

The star noted how those younger than him were available and ready to take the “reins.” He revealed how that generation had made improvements to the workplace and paved the way for "fair standards."

Matthews also made an apology for several controversies swirling around him. The host was recently accused of making inappropriate comments to female colleagues in recent years.

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Newsman apologizes for recent rumors

The newsman addressed the matter stating: "Compliments on a women's appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK, were never OK." He made his apology continuing: "Not then and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I'm sorry."

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Who will fill his shoes on Hardball

After his revelation, Matthews was replaced by Steve Kornacki, who hosted the remainder of the day’s show. For now, Matthews's post will be filled by a rotating selection of hosts.

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Inappropriate conduct rumors resurface

The star has become one of the most recognizable figures in American political journalism. It appears his apology was alluding to claims of inappropriate conduct that resurfaced last Friday.

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Columnist makes accusations against James

“GQ” columnist Laura Bassett accused the newsman of making sexist remarks when she was a guest on "Hardball" in 2016. She alleged that the star said things like "Why haven't I fallen in love with you yet?" 

In her piece, Bassett gave an update to reflect that Matthews had retired in a matter of days after her story was published.

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