MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews was notably absent from the network’s Saturday evening coverage of the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina.
“A day after he was accused of sexual harassment by a journalist, MSNBC decided to keep host Chris Matthews off its airwaves during coverage of the South Carolina primary results,” The Daily Beast reported.
In a GQ column published Friday, columnist Laura Bassett accused the embattled MSNBC anchor of sexually harassing her in 2016.
“In 2016, right before I had to go on his show and talk about sexual-assault allegations against Donald Trump, Matthews looked over at me in the makeup chair next to him and said, ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?’” Bassett wrote. “When I laughed nervously and said nothing, he followed up to the makeup artist. ‘Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her.’”
Bassett was among those on Twitter who noted Matthews’ absence:
Chris Matthews was pulled from election night coverage https://t.co/l2v3QDWUfX
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) March 1, 2020
The day before South Carolina’s Democratic primary, Matthews mistook Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott for Jamie Harrison, a Democrat running against Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. (RELATED: ‘You’re Very Rude, Sir!’ — Martha MacCallum Fires Back At Filibustering Dem Congressman During Heated Exchange)
Matthews didn’t seem to get a lot, if any, support from Twitter users Saturday night:
Long overdue. https://t.co/LWaP6b3SIN
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 1, 2020
Long overdue https://t.co/H3xz9NhDmq
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 1, 2020
Long overdue. And Matthews isn’t “embattled” now because one journalist, @LEBassett, wrote about his persistent sexist behavior, but because he’s been treating women this way for years and now it may matter a little more. https://t.co/VRvsrBh6g3 https://t.co/D4LnbsxGdE
— Soraya Chemaly (@schemaly) March 1, 2020
Sad to hear that Chris Matthews won’t be on air tonight to compare Biden winning South Carolina to VJ Day or whatever
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 1, 2020