A former NBC employee who worked on Chris Matthews’ show and complained about the cable news star making inappropriate jokes and comments received a separation-related payment when leaving the network, an MSNBC spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO.
The woman, who has not been publicly identified, claimed in 1999 that Matthews made inappropriate comments about her in front of colleagues, according to the spokesperson. The incident was investigated and Matthews’ comments were determined to be inappropriate, but they were not found to be meant as propositions, according to the spokesperson. Matthews received a formal reprimand.
A person familiar with the incident, but who requested anonymity, told POLITICO that the woman described Matthews’ inappropriate comments in an email to a superior, who forwarded the concerns to management. The resulting investigation created an environment that wasn’t conducive to the woman carrying out her duties in a comfortable matter, according to the source, and she left the show with separation-related compensation.
The person also characterized Matthews’ comments as inappropriate and sophomoric, but not intended as a sexual proposition.
The Daily Caller first reported Saturday night on the 18-year-old incident at “Hardball,” which moved in 1999 from CNBC to MSNBC, where it continues to air at 7 p.m. Matthews is one of MSNBC’s biggest stars and news of the payment to a former employee comes as NBC has been rattled by sexual misconduct claims involving a top host, executive, and several on-air contributors.
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SOURCE: Politico, Michael Calderone