On Monday, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews stunned viewers by announcing his retirement on-air — a move that follows a series of controversies and follows a GQ exposé about his treatment of women, and that reporter Laura Bassett speculates may not have been his choice.
Commenters on social media promptly reacted to the news, many of them registering relief that the MSNBC host was no more, and speculating on who might be brought in to fill his coveted time slot. Some thanked Bassett for coming forward with her allegations against him.
All I gotta say is... it’s about time.— Laura Bassett (@Laura Bassett)1583193974.0
How weird it must be to find out that one of your most prominent coworkers is retiring via Twitter #ChrisMatthews… https://t.co/VxJ1l8YFh9— Tara Dublin Wishes You A Happy Chanukwanzmas 😷 (@Tara Dublin Wishes You A Happy Chanukwanzmas 😷)1583194828.0
Chris Matthews should have been gone after we learned he made date rape comments about Hillary Clinton but they let… https://t.co/pW8Kil45vu— Lynn V (@Lynn V)1583194632.0
Well, reliving this cringe clip. Matthews: “Executive privilege is like virginity…once you’ve given it up you can… https://t.co/EusipkXaEq— James Singer (@James Singer)1583194738.0
Dear MSNBC: There are so many women of color highly qualified for that time slot and who would bring in big audien… https://t.co/7IJJiEpRXV— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1583194104.0
Tons of exceptionally talented women of color who would be amazing to take over Chris Matthews' spot— Meena Harris (@Meena Harris)1583194586.0
Chris Matthews' specific situation aside, this would be a good time to retire the Hardball name, along with any oth… https://t.co/n2sznwPk8F— James Poniewozik (@James Poniewozik)1583194546.0
Read the original GQ story here:
In 2017, I wrote about a cable news host being gross and inappropriate with me. I was afraid to name him at the tim… https://t.co/hEjyiWBg9Z— Laura Bassett (@Laura Bassett)1582915992.0