It's a sad day for those who enjoy watching flecks of spittle appear on the mouth corners of bloviating news personalities. Chris Matthews (74) has "retired" from MSNBC after over 20 salivary years as a hot take opinion spewer and conductor of condescending interviews with women. The straw that broke the blonde camel's back was likely to have been this recent article in GQ by Laura Bassett that describes a number of incidents highlighting Matthews' sexist behavior, putting him in the league of misogynists like Bill O'Reilly:
Matthews has a pattern of making comments about women's appearances in demeaning ways. The number of on-air incidents is long, exhausting, and creepy, including commenting to Erin Burnett, for example, "You're a knockout…it's all right getting bad news from you," while telling her to move closer to the camera. Behind the scenes, one of Matthews's former producers told The Daily Caller in 2017 that he allegedly rated his female guests on a numerical scale and would name a "hottest of the week," like a "teenage boy." In 1999, an assistant producer accused Matthews of sexual harassment, which CNBC, the show's network at the time, investigated. They concluded that the comments were "inappropriate," and Matthews received a "stern reprimand," according to an MSNBC spokesperson.