MSNBC's Chris Matthews apologizes for Cosby comment

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MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews joked about drugging then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before sitting down with her for an interview in early 2016, according to exclusive outtake footage published by NY magazine's The Cut Friday.

Matthews can be seen snickering on the video, which was recorded prior to an interview with Clinton on January 5, 2016.

A spokeswoman for MSNBC referred BuzzFeed News to a statement Matthews made to the Cut. "I deeply regret it and I'm sorry".

The "Hardball" host then asked, "Where's that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?".

The reference was to accusations that Cosby drugged and assaulted women. "Quit. Now", tweeted Tim Hogan, a former Clinton campaign spokesperson. While the footage of O'Donnell was embarrassing, it's far from making a joke about alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby - and it appears Matthews is aware of his wrongdoing.

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The website also listed some of Matthews' controversial remarks about Clinton, some of which were made on air.

He apologized in 2008 after he said that Clinton became a USA senator and a leading presidential candidate only because "her husband messed around". Matthews said to a crew member.

In May 2016, Matthews was caught on a live microphone making comments about Melania Trump during then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's primary victory speech in Indiana. "Runway walk?" Matthews could be heard saying.

Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, "Hardball with Chris Matthews", in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. "My God is that good". Matthews was reprimanded, an MSNBC spokesman said at the time.