MSNBC's Chris Matthews joked about needing a "Bill Cosby pill" before an interview with former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while she was on the campaign trail in 2016, according to video released Thursday.
“Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” Matthews is captured saying as his "Hardball" staff set up for the exchange at an Iowa fire station on Jan. 5, 2016, during the Democratic primary season.
“Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” Matthews continues, laughing.
The footage, obtained by the Cut, shows aides reacting in disbelief to his remarks.
“This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,” Matthews told the Cut. “I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.”
Cosby has been accused by more than 50 women of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct dating back to the 1960s.
The performer, most famous for producing and starring in "The Bill Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
Matthews has also allegedly behaved inappropriately toward women.
It was reported in December that Matthews was accused in 1999 of making distasteful jokes and statements to a former female assistant producer who worked on his program.
The staffer was said to have been awarded a $40,000 separation package settlement, but an MSNBC spokesperson claimed the final figure was lower.