After a series of controversial comments and claims of inappropriate behavior, MSNBC host Chris Matthews has announced his resignation. He shocked viewers of ‘Hardball’ tonight when he announced he’s retiring (video below):

“Let me start with my headline tonight: I’m retiring. This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC. And obviously, this isn’t for the lack of interest in politics. As you can tell, I loved every minute of my 20 years as host of ‘Hardball.’ Every morning I read the papers, and I’m gung-ho to get to work. Not many people have had this privilege. I loved working with my producers and our discussions we’d have on how we report the news. And I love having this connection with you, the people who watch.”

“After conversations with NBC, I decided tonight will be my last ‘Hardball.’ So let me tell you why. The younger generations out there are ready to take the reigns. We see them in politics, in the media, and fighting for their causes.”

Matthews addressed accusations of inappropriate comments to women:

“Compliments on a woman’s appearance that some men, including me, might have once incorrectly thought were okay were not okay, not then and certainly not today. And for making such comments in the past, I’m sorry.”

Matthews said he’s “very proud” of his work and will continue to be active in politics. He ended his statement by saying he hopes he’ll be missed:

“And for those of you who have gotten into the habit of watching ‘Hardball’ every night, I hope you’re going to miss me because I’m going to miss you. But remember Humphrey Bogard in ‘Casablanca’: We’ll always have Hardball. So let’s not say goodbye, but until we meet again.”

Matthews’ recent controversial comments included a claim that the win in Nevada by Bernie Sanders was like the Nazi invasion. Matthews made an on-air apology to Sanders:

After complete outrage from Bernie Sanders supporters and calls for his resignation, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews made an on-air apology to Sanders for comparing his Nevada caucus win to the 1940 Nazi invasion of France (see below).

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Matthews began his segment on MSNBC with the apology:

“Before getting into tonight’s news, I want to say something quite important and personal. As I watched the one-sided results of Saturday’s Democratic caucus in Nevada, I reached for a historical analogy and used a bad one. I was wrong to refer to an event from the last days, or, actually, the first days of World War II.

He went on to personally apologize to Sanders:

Sen. Sanders, I’m sorry for comparing anything from that tragic era, in which so many suffered, especially the Jewish people, to an electoral result in which you were the well-deserved winner.”

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON MATTHEWS’ COMMENTS:

The left is going bonkers over the huge win by Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Primary and NOT in a good way.

Dem Operative James Carville likened the DNC to a circus (see below), and Chris Matthews even said the Sanders victory was how Nazi Germany overran France in 1940:

“It’s too late to stop him … it’s over.”

Matthews also made an on-air gaffe when he mistook a Senatorial candidate for Tim Scott from South Carolina.

Perhaps Matthews is best known for saying he gets a “thrill running up” his leg when he hears Obama speak:

 

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