Chris Matthews apologizes for making joke about 'Bill Cosby pill'

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The video, obtained by The Cut, was shot in an Iowa fire station moments before Matthews interviewed Clinton as she sought the Democratic presidential nomination.

"Can I have some of the queen's waters?"

"Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?" he adds, laughing.

Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, including some who say the comedian drugged and raped them.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews once joked about giving Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE a "Bill Cosby pill" before a 2016 interview, according to newly released video. "I realize that's no excuse". 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".

Posh'Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters? asks Matthews at the top of the tape referring to his upcoming guest Hillary Clinton
Posh'Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters? asks Matthews at the top of the tape referring to his upcoming guest Hillary Clinton

He apologized in 2008 after he said that Clinton became a US senator and a leading presidential candidate only because "her husband messed around".

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. The payment was intended as a settlement, though some sources disputed the number, saying it was lower and part of a severance package. He has a long history of making disparaging comments about Clinton.

A spokesperson for the network said that Matthews was formally reprimanded at the time. The network said his comments were inappropriate but not meant to be taken as propositions.

During the interview that followed, Matthews asked Clinton about her husband's infidelity and asked her whether it was "culturally" important for women to be allowed into military combat roles.

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