MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball,” was conspicuously absent from a scheduled “Meet The Press” appearance on Sunday morning.
Matthews announced the scheduled appearance on a pre-taped episode of “Hardball” on Friday, and it was noted in the Friday edition of POLITICO’s Playbook.
Matthews may have chosen to sit out the appearance because of a 2016 video uncovered by New York Magazine’s The Cut late Friday, which showed him joking about drugging and raping then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: Chris Matthews Made Bill Cosby Pill Joke Before Interviewing Hillary Clinton)
“This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,” Matthews told The Cut. “I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.”
The video, however, was just the latest in a string of scandals for the MSNBC host.
The Daily Caller previously spoke to six former NBC guests and staffers who accused Matthews of running a brazenly sexist and abusive work environment. Some former staffers referred to themselves as victims of battered wives syndrome, and noted that Matthews would often rate the looks of his female guests on a numerical scale and verbally berate female producers to the point of tears. (RELATED: Sources: Chris Matthews Runs An Abusive Work Environment)