Chris Matthews’ abrupt announcement he’s DONE at MSNBC triggers strong mixed reactions

Screen capture … Chris Matthews signing off at MSNBC … Credit: MSNBC

Boom! … and then he was gone. Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews stunningly dropped the mic at the start of Monday’s “Hardball” show, announcing his immediate retirement. His departure was so immediate, he disappeared at the first commercial break, with a dazed Steve Kornacki stepping in to replace him in front of the camera.

“Let me start with my headline tonight,” Matthews said. “I’m retiring. This is the last Hardball on MSNBC.”

“After conversations with MSNBC I decided tonight would be my last Hardball, so let me tell you why,” the 74-year-old progressive host said. “The younger generations out there are ready to take the reins. You see them in politics, in the media, in fighting for the causes.”

“A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other,” he continued. “Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay, were never okay. Not then and certainly not today, and for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”

Watch that tingly farewell …

Kornacki came on camera after Matthews’ departure, saying, “That was a lot to take in just now I’m sure. And I’m sure you’re still absorbing that, and I am too. Chris Matthews is a giant. He’s a legend. It’s been an honor for me to work with him, to sit in here on occasion, and I know how much you meant to him, and I know how much he meant to you. I think you’re going to miss him and I know I’m going to.”

Matthews reportedly was forced out by MSNBC management following a controversial couple of weeks that began with his on-air comparison of Bernie Sanders’ Nevada caucus victory to the Nazis overrunning France’s Maginot Line at the start of WWII.

He also commented at the time that top Democrats would prefer a Trump win in November to a Sanders election. He apologized to Sanders and his supporters a few days later.

But the wokesters had been stirred up and they were not going away, demanding the network fire Matthews. The heat was turned up even more after leftists charged the host with his sexist grilling of Sen. Elizabeth Warren over accusations she made about Michael Bloomberg.

From there, the hardballs kept coming, beaning the old liberal time and again. On Friday last week, Matthews embarrassingly mistook one black politician for another who was sitting on his discussion panel, thinking Democrat candidate Jaime Harrison was Republican Sen. Tim Scott. Watch that crazy moment here …

Finally, also on Friday, columnist and frequent MSNBC guest Laura Bassett published an op-ed accusing Matthews of inappropriate comments and sexist behavior–in essence, that the married MSNBC host had flirted with her, making her “uncomfortable.”

Yes–it was time for the guy to go, but the way he went was memorably sudden.

Reactions from colleagues and others on social media expressed a range of emotions from disbelief to sadness and from anger to relief.

Fox News’ Steve Hilton angrily pointed out the hypocrisy displayed at MSNBC …

Others were keen to bash Matthews on his way out and proclaim the sanctity of the “me too” crusade …


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