Among America’s most famous news anchors has suddenly quit days after a female guest on his program declared he made improper remarks.
Chris Matthews, a veteran host at liberal cable television channel MSNBC, said Monday’s Hardball program was his last.
Last month he apologised after likening a Democratic presidential competitor’s success to the Nazi invasion of Europe.
As soon as a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, Mr Matthews launched his political talk program in1997
The 74- year-old said on Monday that “compliments on a female’s appearance that some males, including me, may have incorrectly believed were OK were never OKAY.
” Not then, and certainly not today, and for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”
Mr Matthews, who underwent prostate surgery in 2015, stated he concerned his decision after talks with MSNBC.
Last Friday a reporter, Laura Bassett, composed a first-person cover story for GQ magazine in which she alleged Chris Matthews had made remarks that made her uncomfortable when she was a visitor on his program back in 2016.
She wrote that in the makeup space prior to the show, Mr Matthews looked at her and said: “Why have not I fallen in love with you yet?”
Ms Bassett composed: “When I laughed nervously and said absolutely nothing, he followed up to the cosmetics artist. ‘Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall for her.’
” Another time, he stood in between me and the mirror and matched the red gown I was wearing for the segment. ‘You going out tonight?’ he asked.”
It was not the very first time Mr Matthews had been implicated of making unsuitable comments about females.
In 2016, a hot mic picked up his remarks about Melania Trump as she took to the phase at a rally for her spouse in Indiana.
The MSNBC host was heard stating of the former model: “Did you see her walk? Runway walk. My God, is that excellent!”
In 2011, Mr Matthews raised eyebrows for stating that Republican politician vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin “might not be hotter as a prospect”.
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Last month, Mr Matthews was hosting the cable television network’s protection of left-wing Democratic governmental contender Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses when he said: “I was reading last night about the fall of France in the summertime of 1940.
” And the basic call Churchill and says, ‘It’s over,’ and Churchill says, ‘How can it be? You got the best army in Europe. How can it be over?’ He stated, ‘It’s over.'”
Fans of Mr Sanders, a Jewish prospect whose relative were killed in the Holocaust, said the analogy was deeply offending.
Mr Matthews went on his program two days later to apologise to Mr Sanders and promised he would “strive to do a better job myself of raising the political conversation”.
However last Friday, the TV host triggered more embarrassment when he puzzled the identities of 2 black men, Senator Tim Scott and a South Carolina Senate prospect, Jaime Harrison.
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