Out Podcast Host Mat George Killed in Hit-and-Run

Monday July 19, 2021

Mat George, who co-hosted the podcast "She Rates Dogs," was killed in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles early Saturday morning, his co-host Michaela Okland confirmed Sunday, CBS News reports.

"According to CBS Los Angeles, a pedestrian was struck by a BMW in the Beverly Grove community at around 2:20 a.m, and the Los Angeles County coroner's office identified that person to CBS Los Angeles as Matthew Thomas George. He was pronounced dead at the scene."

George, the New York Times writes, was "known for his humorous takes on dating, pop culture and his identity as a gay man."

"The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that the hit-and-run occurred in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles around 2:20 a.m.," the Times report continues. "A pedestrian had been walking in an unmarked crosswalk when a white BMW struck him and drove away. The pedestrian died at the scene, the police said."

Okland, his friend and co-host on the podcast, confirmed George's death on Twitter.

"I would rather you guys here [sic] this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run last night. I don't really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact everybody who knows him personally but the news is already out and I just can't do it right now," she wrote.

In another tweet, she noted that her typo in her initial one was something that Mat would joke with her about. "I know he's laughing at me for having such a stupid typo in the first sentence of this"

On the show, the pair talked about pop culture topics such as "The Bachelorette" and Britney Spears' struggles. They also delved into their dating lives and mental health issues.

"He loved singing along to songs he didn't know the words to, pretending to be straight to get on reality dating shows and talking in really bad accents," Ms. Okland said in a statement.

"Ms. Okland said Mr. George wanted to help L.G.B.T.Q. people feel accepted because that's what he had longed for when he was younger. He hosted a weekly online book club and invited all of his followers to join, Ms. Okland said," the Times notes .

In an interview with the website Shout Out Arizona last December, George explained his decision to move away from pursuing a career in medicine in Arizona to pursue a career in social media in Los Angeles.

"Could I really do this and still make enough money to support a family one day. After a long 2 weeks of thinking about it 24/7, I ultimately decided that I was going to make the switch," George said at the time. "I knew it was risky but I also knew that if I didn't try I would never stop wondering what could've been. So I did it. I packed up my apartment and left my friends in Arizona to move to LA and start SheRatesDogs the Podcast with my best friend, Michaela Okland. With this being the biggest risk I've ever taken, I was understandably a nervous wreck. 5 months later I can honestly say that I am SO happy that I did this."

He also discussed how he reached a comfort level about discussing his personal life as an out man on the podcast. "Towards the end of my college days at Arizona State University, I started to share my experiences as a gay man with different people I was close to," he shared. "Their reactions made me realize that a lot of these stories were funny to others, which then gave me more confidence to start sharing them with even more people.

"Eventually I started to tweet about them on my personal twitter account (@matchu_chutrain) and people loved them. I then began to fall into comedy twitter, and started tweeting about different memes, trends and other funny topics that allowed me to show my creative side. While this is all fun for me, I realized that I could actually make a difference with this. Growing up and being in the closet, I never knew anyone or heard about anyone who had similar experiences and fears that I had.

"My hopes for my twitter account and SheRatesDogs the Podcast is to share my stories and make LGBTQ+ people all across the world feel like they're not alone. The most rewarding moments are when members of the LGBTQ+ community reach out to me and tell me what a difference I've made in their lives."

See how fans expressed their condolences on Twitter below: