Three months after Chris Matthews resigned over sexual harassment accusations he later on admitted were ‘highly justified,’ MSNBC is close to naming his follower in the old “Hardball” time slot: Joy Reid, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Mentioning unnamed people with understanding of the matter, WSJ reports that MSNBC is “close” to announcing Reid as the new host of the network’s 7: 00 p.m. ET slot, developing her as the lead-in to its liberal-leaning block of prime-time show programs that consists of “All In With Chris Hayes,” “The Rachel Maddow Program” and “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.” Reid presently hosts MSNBC’s weekend program “AM Joy” and works as a regular fill-in host for Hayes and Maddow.
Agents for MSNBC didn’t right away react to an ask for comment from TheWrap, but WSJ reports that settlements are continuous and the decision has not been made.
Matthews resigned March 3 following a week of bad press that began when he held a combative interview on Feb. 26 with then-Democratic governmental confident Elizabeth Warren that was extensively criticized as sexist Among other things, Matthews was slammed for neglecting allegations of sexually unsuitable remarks versus Mike Bloomberg by a previous staff member and appearing to chastise Warren for saying she believed the accuser, whose account was supported by a coworker.
However things got worse two days later, when journalist Laura Bassett openly accused Matthews of making duplicated sexist remarks to her when she appeared on his program in2016 Matthews asked forgiveness on-air to Bassett on the March 2 episode of “Hardball,” then suddenly announced his retirement.