Two years ago, when Chris Matthews of MSNBC was preparing for an interview with candidate Hillary Clinton, he was caught on camera making a joke about slipping a “Bill Cosby pill” into her water.

It’s fun to imagine what the reaction would be if a FOX News host was caught saying this.

Noreen Malone of The Cut broke the story:

Exclusive: Watch Chris Matthews Joke About His ‘Bill Cosby Pill’ Before Interviewing Hillary Clinton

On January 5, 2016, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed Hillary Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season. Network footage obtained by the Cut shows Matthews, during the interview setup, making a couple of “jokes” about Clinton. He asks, “Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” And then, as he waits for the water, he adds, “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” Matthews then laughs, delighted with the line, for an extended moment, as the staffers around him react with disbelief, clearly uncomfortable. (Cosby has been accused of sexual impropriety by dozens of women, some of whom allege that they were drugged and raped by the comedian.)

“This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines,” Matthews said to the Cut. “I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.”

Matthews has a long history of talking disparagingly about Hillary Clinton, whom he once called “witchy,”and often seems to channel what a hypothetical sexist Republican might say about a woman candidate: “she-devil,” “Madame Defarge.”

Watch the video in the tweet below:

Will Matthews be fired over this? The left would certainly call for the scalp of any conservative who said it.

Brandon Carter of The Hill reminds us this isn’t Matthews’ first time at the rodeo:

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.

The woman, who was then an assistant producer on Matthews’s show “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” accused the longtime MSNBC host of making inappropriate comments about her while in the company of others. The Daily Caller reported that the company settled with the woman for $40,000.

MSNBC disputed the report, saying the settlement was “significantly less” than the reported amount.

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