Chris Matthews Joked About 'Cosby Pill' for Hillary Clinton in Leaked Video


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 kicks off with Matthews asking: "Can I have some of the queen's waters?"

"Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?" he quips seconds later, prompting nervous laughter and stunned faces from those around him. That statement, caught by a hot mic, likely referred to the many allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted women.

The MSNBC anchor has apologized for making the crude joke, placing some of the blame on the "Cosby-fever" that was sweeping the nation way back in 2016. "I realize that's no excuse. I deeply regret it and I'm sorry", he said.

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According to the footage posted online, Matthews references the Bill Cosby scandals while joking with his staff before Clinton's arrival. That same month, he said on his show that he "never heard her come out against these stupid wars". He once pinched her cheek after an interview, and, in 2008 said, "the reason she's a US senator, the reason she's a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around". Matthews has been criticized before for making disparging remarks about Clinton, including calling her a "she-devil" and "anti-male". A rep from the network disputed that figure claiming the former employee was paid much less as part of a severance agreement, but didn't specify the amount.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. The network said his comments were inappropriate but not meant to be taken as propositions. Precious waters?' asks Matthews at the top of the tape, putting on a posh accent as he is handed a bottle of water that had been set aisde for Clinton.