Joe Scarborough Praises ‘Beloved Figure’ Chris Matthews After MSNBC Host Quits Over Inappropriate Remarks

Joe Scarborough Praises ‘Beloved Figure’ Chris Matthews After MSNBC Host Quits Over Inappropriate Remarks

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough offered effusive praise for former colleague Chris Matthews on Tuesday. The Morning Joe host said Matthews was remained a friend and paid tribute to the long-time anchor. Matthews resigned from MSNBC following allegations that he had made inappropriate remarks to a female guest.

“You know, Chris didn’t measure his words,” Scarborough said. “He was a man without guile. You knew what Chris believed and why he believed it.”

Scarborough discussed Matthews’ time as a police officer on Capitol Hill before offering more praise of him, saying wearing his heart on his sleeve could get him in trouble.

“But you know what? It also made Chris Matthews a beloved figure and made his show Hardball a political institution that I think more than any other show over the past quarter century defined our political times. All too human?” Scarborough said.

“Yeah. I guess so, but those of us still playing or reporting on the hardball of politics could stand a bit more of this humanity these days. Even if it sometimes reveals our flaws, exposes weaknesses and, yes, even shows our blind spots.”

“Chris gave us his all every night, and that’s why we were wiping tears from our eyes last night. And why we’re going to miss him terribly tonight, and every night when 7 0’clock rolls around. Thank you, Chris, for all you’ve done and Steve Kornacki as the big board, thank you for what you said about Chris last night.”

Matthews has been accused of making inappropriate comments to women several times over the years and recently had to apologize after comparing Senator Bernie Sanders’ electoral success to the Nazi conquest of France. He also mixed up to African American politicians on Friday.

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor