Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Chris Matthews apologizes for making 'Cosby pill' joke before Hillary interview

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Lora Ball | 13 January, 2018, 05:27

MSNBC host Chris Matthews is apologizing for a joke he made at Hillary Clinton's expense before a January 5, 2016, interview with the then-Democratic presidential candidate.

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

There are 2 comments on the Washington Times story from 1 hr ago, titled Chris Matthews apologizes for joke about slipping Hillary Clinton a a Bill Cosby pilla.

Cosby has been accused by scores of women of sexual assault - often with the use of date-rape pills.

Amused by his own remark, the host then laughs in front of onlooking staffers.

"This was a bad comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines", Matthews said to the Cut "I realize that's no excuse".

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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sits with Chris Matthews on the set of the MSNBC Hillary Clinton Town Hall on March 14, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois.

In a statement, Matthews offered a mea culpa for the remark. "I realize that's no excuse".

"This was a awful comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines", Matthews said. He said, "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry".

According to the footage posted online, Matthews references the Bill Cosby scandals while joking with his staff before Clinton's arrival. He pinched her cheek after an interview in 2008, and suggested that her political career had been advanced because her husband had "messed around".

"Did you see her walk?"

In 1999, a female assistant producer received a monetary payment after accusing Matthews of "inappropriate comments and jokes about her in front of others".

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