MSNBC host Chris Matthews apologized Friday after video was released of the Hardball anchor asking where his “Bill Cosby pill” was before an interview with then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her 2016 primary campaign.
The January 2016 video, obtained and first reported by The Cut, shows Matthews on a make-shift set surrounded by staff. “Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” he asked. “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?”
The long-time TV host glanced with a smile toward a male staffer after the remark. Those who heard the comment stared in disbelief or shook their heads trying to laugh off the crass comment. The only female staffer in the video looked at Matthews in shock before walking out of frame.
“This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,” Matthews told The Cut. “I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.”
Comedian Bill Cosby is slated for retrial in April on charges he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand after knocking her out with pills at his home near Philadelphia. Dozens of women have accused Cosby of raping or drugging them or other forms of sexual misconduct.
The Daily Caller reported last month that Matthews settled in 1999 with a former producer on his show who alleged he sexually harassed her.
Matthews’ comments are not the first time the host made sexist remarks about Clinton, either. In 2008, he said the former U.S. senator won her New York seat and became a presidential candidate because “her husband messed around,” adding, “She didn’t win there on her merit.”
Former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri tweeted the clip “makes me feel ill.”
As the video circulated around social media, many shared past examples of Matthews’ derogatory comments toward Clinton and harassing language toward other women.
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