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.”
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“This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC, and obviously this isn’t for lack of interest in politics.
Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have incorrectly thought were OK were never OKNot then, and certainly not today, and for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”-Chris Matthews