MSNBC host Chris Matthews was noticeably absent during the cable network’s coverage of Saturday’s South Carolina primary - a day after a journalist said he inappropriately flirted with her before an appearance on his show.
Matthews, who has been hosting political talk shows on cable news for decades, is normally a fixture on MSNBC’s election panels.
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On Friday, freelance journalist Laura Bassett wrote an article in GQ accusing Matthews of being 'gross and inappropriate' with her.
Last week, Matthews also apologized on the air after he compared Senator Bernie Sanders’ Nevada caucus victory earlier this month to Nazi Germany’s invasion of France in 1940.
Chris Matthews (left) was absent during Saturday's coverage of the South Carolina primary - just a day after freelance journalist Laura Bassett (right) wrote an article in GQ magazine accusing the MSNBC host of inappropriately flirting with her before a television appearance
The comment ignited anger after viewers pointed out that Sanders is a Jew whose relatives were killed during the Holocaust.
On Friday, Bassett named Matthews as the cable news host that she referenced in a 2017 personal essay for Huffington Post.
'In 2017, I wrote about a cable news host being gross and inappropriate with me,' Bassett said in a Twitter post. 'I was afraid to name him at the time. I'm not anymore; it was Chris Matthews! And his sexist exchange with [Senator Elizabeth] Warren this week inspired me to revisit those moments and name him.'
Bassett's fury comes on the heels of a tense exchange between the Hardball host and Warren over comments she made regarding allegations against Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg, who founded the multi-billion dollar media empire Bloomberg LP, was once accused by a female employee, Sekiko Sakai, of telling her to ‘kill it’ when she informed him that she was expecting a child.
Sakai, who eventually left the company, filed a complaint against Bloomberg, who has denied the allegation. The two sides settled the complaint.
Bassett's fury comes on the heels of a tense exchange between the Hardball host and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren over comments she made regarding allegations against Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg has come under fire from rival Democratic candidates, particularly Warren, over nondisclosure agreements between his company and female employees who have alleged sex discrimination and harassment.
During the back and forth between Warren and Matthews, the Hardball host repeatedly asked the senator from Massachusetts why Bloomberg would lie about pregnancy discrimination.
The senator retorted: 'Why would she lie?'
'There was no reason for him to harp on its veracity, except, perhaps, that he himself has made so many sexist comments over the years that he has a vested interest in Bloomberg being let off the hook,' Bassett added in her GQ piece, shared on Friday.
Speaking of her own experiences with Matthews, Bassett shared that 'a much older, married cable-news host' inappropriately flirted with her in a makeup room before going on his show on numerous occasions.
'I was afraid to name him at the time for fear of retaliation from the network; I'm not anymore,' she added, declaring that Chris Matthews was the host in question.
Bassett claimed that Matthews made her 'noticeably uncomfortable' while on air, asking her ahead of a segment, 'Why haven't I fallen in love with you yet?'
Bassett nervously laughed, which prompted Matthews to turn to the makeup artist and state: 'Keep putting makeup on her, I'll fall in love with her.'
Warren and Matthews sparred on air about Bloomberg (left), who is alleged to have told a former employee, Sekiko Sakai (right), to 'kill it' when she informed him she was expecting a childsonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more