Matthews apologizes for Cosby comment

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews joked about giving Hillary Clinton a "Bill Cosby pill" before interviewing her in footage from January 2016 obtained by the Cut.

Outtake footage obtained by the website The Cut showed Matthews in an Iowa fire station, asking if he could "have some of the queen's waters". Precious waters?' asks Matthews at the top of the tape, putting on a posh accent as he is handed a bottle of water that had been set aisde for Clinton. While he's waiting for the water, he quips, "Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?".

The footage ends with Matthews looking pleased with the witticism he unleashed on his staff.

Cosby has been accused by scores of women of sexual assault - often with the use of date-rape pills.

The MSNBC anchor has apologized for making the crude joke, placing some of the blame on the "Cosby-fever" that was sweeping the nation way back in 2016.

"This was a awful comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines", Matthews said to the Cut.

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'I realize that's no excuse. "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry", he said.

In 2016, following a primary victory by then-candidate Donald Trump, Matthews was caught on mic fawning over Melania Trump as she was shown on screen.

Clinton is "witchy" and a "sort of a Madame Defarge of the left" and Matthews wonders if troops would take orders from her because she is a female. Matthews said to a crew member. She didn't win there on her merit'.

The Daily Caller reported last month that MSNBC made a separation-related payment to a former producer who accused Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand.

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