Chris Matthews admits to 'inappropriate' remarks in first interview since 'Hardball' departure

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April 27, 2020 - 2:23 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former “Hardball” host Chris Matthews “didn’t deny” making “inappropriate” remarks to a journalist who appeared on the MSNBC show back in 2016, he said in his first interview since his abrupt resignation. 

At the end of February, writer Laura Bassett detailed Matthews' “pattern of making comments about women’s appearances in demeaning ways” and described her own “inappropriate” experience with the host in a GQ column.

“Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?” Matthews asked Bassett as she sat in a makeup chair next to him preparing for an interview, she recalled in her essay. “Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her."

In an interview published in Vanity Fair on Friday, Matthews admitted to making the remarks. 

“I didn’t argue about it, I didn’t deny it,” he told Vanity Fair. “I accepted the credibility of the complaint in the article. I didn’t want to challenge the person that made the complaint and wrote the article. I thought it was very credible and certainly within the person’s rights to write that article, of course.” 

“Basically, as I said, to repeat myself, it’s inappropriate in the workplace to compliment somebody on their appearance, this is in the makeup chair, and I did it," he added.

The longtime host announced his retirement at the beginning of March during a segment in which he apologized for making “compliments on a woman’s appearance” that he “incorrectly thought were OK.”