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

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 13, 2018

MSNBC host Chris Matthews apologized Friday after leaked footage showed him joking about slipping Hillary Clinton a "Bill Cosby pill" before he interviewed the former presidential candidate in 2016. Mr. Matthews made the offending comment as he was prepping for an interview with Mrs. Clinton at an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season on January 5, 2016, The Cut reported.

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

Then, as he waited for his water, Matthews joked: 'Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?' "I realize that's no excuse. I deeply regret it and I'm sorry", he said. Dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, including some who say he drugged and raped his victims.

Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign's communication director and a longtime Democratic operative, said watching the Matthews tape "makes me feel ill". Also watch the interview. "Hardball" was hosted on CNBC at the time.

But his long tenure at the cable news network has not been without controversy, and the always-wired Matthews has been prone to inappropriate remarks.

Matthews previously attributed Clinton's political success to her husband's infidelity, and even called her "witchy". That's how she got to be senator from NY.

Last month, the Daily Caller reported MSNBC paid $40,000 in 1999 to a producer on Matthews' show to settle sexual harassment allegations against him.

"Did you see her walk?"

MSNBC confirmed the settlement to the publication and said Matthews received a former reprimand. "My God is that good".

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