INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
JOURNALIST WHO ACCUSED CHRIS MATTHEWS OF MAKING INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS SPEAKS OUT: “THEY WANT ME TO SHUT UP, THEY WANT ME TO GO AWAY”
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New York, NY — March 4, 2020 – In an exclusive airing on Wednesday, INSIDE EDITION’s Megan Alexander sits down with Laura Bassett, the journalist who many say brought down MSNBC host Chris Matthews after she accused him of inappropriate behavior. Matthews stunned fans Monday after abruptly announcing his retirement from “Hardball.”
“I helped to remove a man from the airwaves that was really undermining women,” Bassett tells INSIDE EDITION. “It came as much a surprise to me than anyone on Monday night when he suddenly announced that he was retiring early, especially when he apologized.”
Bassett says she is stunned by the blowback she’s received.
“People telling me to kill myself, people calling me a whore, people calling me ugly,” says Bassett. “They want me to shut up, they want me to go away.”
In a piece published in “GQ,” Bassett revealed unsettling stories of what she says happened backstage when she appeared on “Hardball.”
“I was sitting next to him in the makeup chair and he said, ‘Who are you,’ and I said, ‘I’m Laura Bassett, I have been on your several times and am going to be on your show tonight,’” Bassett tells INSIDE EDITION. “Then he said, ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?’”
Bassett says she was “taken aback” by the remarks. She claims a makeup person was in the room, and also heard his comments.
She says, “It was kind of like, ‘Don’t worry about him, that’s just how he is. He does that all the time.’”
Despite what happened to her, Bassett does not believe Matthews should be lumped together with Harvey Weinstein and others brought down by the #MeToo movement.
“I made it really clear in my ‘GQ’ column that I wasn’t accusing him of sexual harassment,” Bassett tells INSIDE EDITION.
When asked about Meghan McCain coming to Matthews’ defense on “The View,” Bassett says, “Can you excuse a man’s behavior because he had such a great career?”
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