[Ed. – No, didn’t see it live, as I’m not generally a Hardball watcher. No ease-out in his case, which does make me wonder if he’s starting to have dementia symptoms or something. The clip of him not recognizing S.C. Senator Tim Scott, at the Trump rally before the Saturday primary, was the first time I realized how old and frail Matthews is looking now.]
Matthews, 74, said he and MSNBC had mutually agreed to part ways. The decision followed a series of events that resulted in criticism of the host’s statements about Bernie Sanders, African-American lawmakers, and comments he had made to female journalists and coworkers.
“I’m retiring,” Matthews said. “This is the last ‘Hardball’ on MSNBC.” …
After MSNBC aired a commercial following the announcement, Matthews did not return to the program. Steve Kornacki, a political reporter for the network, took over the rest of the hour, and seemed shocked by the news. “That was a lot to take in,” he said, saying it had been an honor to work with Matthews, and then beginning a discussion about the coronavirus response.