×

Chris Matthews Apologizes for Making ‘Bill Cosby Pill’ Joke Before Hillary Clinton Interview

Chris Matthews has apologized after footage surfaced of the “Hardball” host mocking Hillary Clinton while setting up for an interview with the then-presidential candidate and making a joke about obtaining a “Bill Cosby pill.”

Matthews interviewed Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season in 2016. The Cut obtained video from right before that interview, with the MSNBC host waiting for Clinton to arrive, where he says, “Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” Seconds later, he asked, “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” Matthews continued to laugh at his jokes while his crew scoffed, clearly uncomfortable.

He apologized in a statement to the Cut, saying, “This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines. I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.” MSNBC declined Variety‘s request for comment.

More than 60 women have accused Cosby of abuse, with allegations that he drugged and assaulted them. In June, one of his accusers, Andrea Constand, took him to trial over the sexual assault accusations, but the case ended in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked.

Popular on Variety

This is not the first time Matthews has mocked Clinton, having called her “witchy,” “she-devil,” and “Madame Defarge” in the past. In 2005, he questioned whether troops would take orders from her as president, and he once pinched her cheek following an interview. In 2008, he said, “the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a frontrunner is her husband messed around.” He later apologized for that remark.

More Politics

  • Bernie Sanders, Jane Sanders. Democratic presidential

    Bernie Sanders Projected to Win Nevada Democratic Caucus

    Bernie Sanders is now projected to win the Nevada caucus. Per the Associated Press, Sanders has captured 54% of the delegates with 4% of precincts reporting on Saturday afternoon. Joe Biden is currently in a distant second with 17.8%, while Elizabeth Warren rose to third with 10%. Pete Buttigieg is in fourth place with 8.7%, [...]

  • Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election

    Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice. “The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said. After endorsing Mitt Romney [...]

  • EFM 1st European Film Politics Seminar

    Berlin: 1st European Film Politics Seminar - Protecting Independent Film Production

    Leading industry reps gathered on the opening day of Berlin’s European Film Market for what is certain to be a continuing discussion about leveling the playing field for independent producers across Europe and demanding greater engagement in the sector from global players. The 1st European Film Politics Seminar aims to set the political agenda of [...]

  • Donald Trump Parasite

    Trump Mocks 'Parasite' Best Picture Win: 'What the Hell Was That All About?'

    President Donald Trump took aim at “Parasite’s” historic Oscar wins at a Colorado rally on Thursday. “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” he asked, prompting jeers from the crowd. “Did you see it?” “The winner is… a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about?” he went on. “We got [...]

  • EFM Euro Film Policy Seminar

    Berlin: European Film Policy Seminar Examines Changing Landscape

    The Berlinale’s European Film Market opened on Thursday with the inaugural European Film Politics Seminar, offering a look at the pressing challenges facing independent European producers in a fast-changing landscape increasingly dominated by the growing number of U.S. streaming giants. The seminar was hosted by Steven Gaydos, executive vice president of global content of Variety. [...]

  • Democratic presidential candidates, former New York

    Mike Bloomberg Ambushed in Free-for-All Democratic Debate

    Mike Bloomberg took the stage in Las Vegas for his first debate on Wednesday night, and promptly walked into an ambush. The billionaire former New York mayor took repeated attacks from the five other candidates in the opening minutes of the ninth Democratic debate. “Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant [...]

  • DNC

    Mike Bloomberg to Join Democratic Presidential Contenders at Wednesday's Debate

    Democratic presidential contender Mike Bloomberg will take the stage alongside his rivals at a primary debate for the first time on Wednesday night after a poll released today allowed him to qualify for the event. Bloomberg commanded 19% support in the poll conducted by NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist, second only to Sen. Bernie Sanders [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content