By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Chris Matthews on the night of his controversial debate anchoring where he sparred over comments made by Elizabeth Warren regarding Mike Bloomberg’s former conduct with women.
Chris Matthews admits to “inappropriate” behavior at MSNBC. This was reported by the New York Post within the last 24 hours. Matthews is the former host of the network’s show “Hardball.” Matthews retired after allegations that he had behaved inappropriately toward female coworkers. He was accused of sexual harassment of female colleagues at the network over two months ago.
Matthews spoke with Vanity Fair magazine regarding his inappropriate behavior.
“I didn’t argue about it, I didn’t deny it,” said Matthews regarding the allegations made by the journalist Laura Bassett regarding Matthews’ inappropriate behavior toward her. Bassett published her account of Matthews’ inappropriate behavior in a column that appeared in GQ magazine in February. She described an encounter she had with Matthews in 2016. Matthews is married, she noted in her account. She was being prepared for a show appearance when Matthews looked over at her and reportedly stated “Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?”
Bassett’s post in the GQ column appeared to have in part prompted Matthews’ abrupt resignation on live air from MSNBC’s Hardball. He had anchored Harball for 20 years up until that moment. Matthews’ had made other controversial comments leading up to his resignation. One of which regarded the #MeToo movement.
“A lot of it has to do with how we talk to each other, compliments on a woman’s appearance, that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were OK, were never OK. … I’m sorry,” Matthews said regarding the #MeToo movement.
In his interview with Vanity Fair, Matthews regarded the legitimacy of the account Laura Bassett had published regarding his behavior toward female colleagues. Vanity Fair stated that Matthews had a history of run-ins over inappropriate conduct with female politicians and other political figures. Among them was former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Others included former presidential nominee Elizabeth Warren. Matthews became engaged in a roiling dispute with Warren regarding inappropriate comments that Mike Bloomberg had been accused of having made to a woman. Matthews took Bloomberg’s side of the debate asking “why would he lie?” regarding the allegations which he had denied.
When speaking with Vanity Fair, Matthews also discussed Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
“For a while, in the primary, I thought all the people wanted was a designated driver. Somebody to get us home safely. Now, I think people want a little better than the designated driver, they want to have someone who can command the helm and make the big decisions in the interest of the country. The general welfare, looking out for the vulnerable, but also being concerned about keeping our economy from dying, not going into a stall that we can’t get out of. It’s going to take a leader. We got to see if Biden’s up to it,” said Matthews regarding Biden’s run, as he was quoted by Vanity Fair on April 24.
Despite the accusations against Matthews, regarding him as a relic and generationally out of touch, he was still quite popular with his colleagues at MSNBC at the time of his departure, Vanity Fair reported.