MSNBC's Chris Matthews apologizes for 'Bill Cosby pill' comment

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SEE IT: MSNBC host Chris Matthews jokes about giving Hillary Clinton 'Bill Cosby pill' ahead of interview

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

Matthews was gearing up for an interview with Clinton in January 2016 during the Democratic primary season and his behind-the-scenes comments were captured by an MSNBC camera. "Runway walk?" Matthews could be heard saying.

While a staffer is pouring some bottled water into a glass, Matthews asks "Where's my Bill Cosby pill?" before cracking up at his reference to a comedian accused of drugging and sexually assaulting over 50 women.

The footage takes place in an Iowa fire station and features two different camera angles. Matthews seems impressed with his own wit while staffers laugh nervously.

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New York Magazine contacted Matthews after acquiring the clip, and he apologized, reportedly telling them the joke was "a awful comment [he] made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines".

A spokeswoman for MSNBC referred BuzzFeed News to a statement Matthews made to the Cut. "I realize that's no excuse".

Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women and some of his accusers allege that he drugged and raped them. "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry", he said.

"I am a huge supporter of women being able to break whatever glass ceilings are holding them back", Clinton answered, before Matthews jumped in, adding: "If they can physically handle it". He once called Clinton "witchy", and has repeatedly questioned whether her gender could have a negative impact on her ability to make decisions. In fact, NBC News and MSNBC have dealt with a variety of other high-profile issues lately.

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