Chris Matthews joked about putting a 'Bill Cosby pill' in Hillary's water

Chris Matthews jokes about putting

In a video unearthed by NY magazine, Matthews can be seen making a few inappropriate - and sexist - jokes about then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ahead of a January 5, 2016, interview.

New York Magazine's The Cut published the video Friday, showing Matthews telling jokes about Clinton before an interview in Iowa during the 2016 Democratic primary.

Then, in a video obtained by the Cut, joked, "Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?". Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, including allegations that he drugged women to sexually assault them. Matthews then laughs, delighted with the line, for an extended moment, as the staffers around him react with disbelief, clearly uncomfortable.

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

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'I realize that's no excuse. 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. He said, "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry".

Matthews apologized for his remarks after The Cut contacted him. He has a long history of making disparaging comments about Clinton. "Hardball" was hosted on CNBC at the time. He pinched her cheek after an interview in 2008, and suggested that her political career had been advanced because her husband had "messed around".

Last month, The Daily Caller reported that a former MSNBC employee who accused Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999 was given a separation payment by the network.

Before Clinton shows up Matthews cracks a few snide jokes to his crew. "Runway walk", he could be heard saying.

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