MSNBC Host Chris Matthews' Employee Received Settlement After Harassment Accusation

Lawrence Kim
December 17, 2017

NBC paid thousands of dollars to an assistant producer on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" almost two decades ago after she brought a sexual harassment complaint against the longtime host, The Daily Caller reported Saturday.

An MSNBC spokesperson told the Daily Caller that the complaint was "thoroughly reviewed" at the time and Matthews was merely slapped with a formal reprimand.

The Daily Caller, citing two sources familiar with the situation, first reported the news of the payment which it said was made by Matthews to settle with what it said was an assistant producer on his show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" in 1999.

Internal sources say the woman was paid $40,000, although The Daily Caller reported a MSNBC spokesperson "later denied this and said she was paid a considerably smaller severance package instead".

It is not clear whether Matthews' accuser left the company as a result of the allegations, although she has consequently gone on to work in a number of high-profile media positions.

The female staffer reportedly brought her complaint to CNBC executives, claiming he made inappropriate comments and jokes while others were around.

In late November, NBC News fired Matt Lauer, longtime host of "The Today Show", after an employee complained about inappropriate behavior.

NBC addressed the report by confirming that there was a separation-related compensation involved when the woman left the network. He also hosted "The Chris Matthews Show" on the network after the settlement from 2002 to 2013.

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