MSNBC host Chris Matthews has been removed from his primetime job after it was revealed that he had made a series of racist comments, and will now host the network’s Sunday political talk show.
Matthews’ replacement, Christian Matthews, has yet to be named.
He will take over for Michael Smerconish as anchor of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” the network said.
Matthews has made anti-Semitic remarks, called Black Lives Matter protesters “terrorist” and “terrorists,” and claimed that Muslims should be “punished.”
The New York Times first reported the news of Matthews’ departure from MSNBC.
A statement from MSNBC did not mention the comments but called for the removal of any offensive material.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to remove our previous colleague and colleague in a position of responsibility, Chris Matthews, as our anchor for Sunday Morning,” the statement read.
“While we will continue to support his work and his leadership, we will no longer have the flexibility to allow him to remain on the air, and that decision has not been made lightly.”
Matthews, who has been the subject of criticism for his comments on race and religion, has faced criticism from fellow liberals who say he has promoted bigotry.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Matthews said: “If you don’t believe me, just look at what’s happened in my lifetime.
I was a child of the Great Depression.
I don’t have the luxury of being a child, I’m not going to have the benefit of being able to walk down the street and hear the words, ‘Black Lives Matter.'”
“It’s time for us to stop playing the race card,” he added.
Matthews made his comments about the Black Lives matter movement during a conversation with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Sunday.
“The black community is dying, you know, the black community has been killed, and it’s time to start talking about what happened,” Matthews said.
“So, let’s talk about what we’re going to do to fix this problem.
I mean, the people are killing each other.
What can we do to help solve this problem?”
He continued: “What do you think the problem is?
We need to talk about it.
It’s not just about me, it’s not only about the president.
It is time to get out and talk about this issue.”
Scarborough responded: “Well, you’re right, Chris.
That’s a valid question.
Matthews was also the target of a “Stop The Violence” campaign led by the Anti-Defamation League and others that began last month. “
But what we have to do is we have got to start doing things that are not just going to cause more deaths, but we have also got to do things that make a difference.”
Matthews was also the target of a “Stop The Violence” campaign led by the Anti-Defamation League and others that began last month.
“In the last 24 hours, Chris has said some racist things,” the group said in a statement.
“He said that he would love to see Black people shot because they are more violent than white people.
He said that a black woman’s life should be considered less valuable because she’s wearing a skirt.”
Matthews has said he was “proud” to be part of the group and said he would “absolutely not” use the phrase “black lives matter.”
“He has made the statement that he has been a long-time supporter of the Black lives matter movement,” the Anti, ADL, and the American Civil Liberties Union said in the statement.
The group urged Matthews to “stop spreading hate and violence and stop demonizing Black people and other marginalized communities.”
The move comes days after The New Yorker published a scathing profile of Matthews, describing him as a “white supremacist,” an “Islamophobe,” and a “racist.”
In a lengthy New Yorker profile published Sunday, Matthews described himself as a Christian, a Muslim, and a Christian conservative.
He also wrote: “It was a Christian family that first got me started in politics.”
Matthews also criticized his critics in the press, calling them “political hacks” and claiming that they are “in my pocket.”
“If there are any people in my life who are better than I am, it is my Christian family, and they’ve made a huge contribution to my life and my political life,” he said.