Chris Matthews Apologizes For "Bill Cosby Pill" Joke

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"Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?" he asks to awkward laughter from staffers around him. Additional women accused him of sexual harassment and assault, and some insisted that executives at the network knew about his behavior.

He laughed while staffers around him prepped for the January 5, 2016, interview at an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season.

The footage, unearthed by The Cut, shows Matthews preparing to interview Clinton during the presidential campaign in late 2016.


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". He said, "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry". A 10-year-old Jezebel post noted the many disparaging terms he'd aimed at her ― from "she devil" and "Nurse Ratched" to "witchy", "anti-male" and "uppity". In 2005, he questioned if troops would take orders from her as president. In 2008, he apologized for saying she only became a USA senator and presidential candidate because "her husband messed around". The payment was intended as a settlement, though some sources disputed the number, saying it was lower and part of a severance package.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews really stepped in it this time. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not meant to be taken as propositions. "Precious waters?" said Matthews, host of his nightly show "Hardball".

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