Chris Matthews joked about putting a 'Bill Cosby pill' in Hillary's water

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

MSNBC host Chris Matthews joked about giving then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a "Bill Cosby pill" right before interviewing her, according to newly revealed network footage.

Matthews was gearing up for an interview with Clinton in January 2016 during the Democratic primary season and his behind-the-scenes comments were captured by an MSNBC camera. "Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?" he asks to awkward laughter from staffers around him. Dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, including some who say he drugged and raped his victims.

The website also listed some of Matthews' controversial remarks about Clinton, some of which were made on air.

Matthews apologized for his remarks after The Cut contacted him.

Matthews responded to the newly discovered clip, telling NY magazine on Friday that it "was a awful comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines", adding, "I realize that's no excuse".

'I realize that's no excuse.

Matthews has always been known to have a combative relationship with former candidate Clinton. "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry". In 2008, he apologized for saying she only became a USA senator and presidential candidate because "her husband messed around".

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. She didn't win there on her merit'.

In December, conservative news siteThe Daily Caller reported that MSNBC paid out $40,000 to one of Matthews former assistants to settle a sexual harassment complaint from 1999.

A spokesperson for the network said that Matthews was formally reprimanded at the time.

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