Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC whose off-air relationship had been the source of rumors, are now engaged. In an interview in Vanity Fair, the couple described how their relationship evolved.“Over the past year and a half, I realized I had to face these feelings and that it was time to stop putting them in a box,” Ms. “It was not an easy process and it was not an easy set of decisions for either of us. Scarborough, who has been married twice before, told Vanity Fair he thought he would “never, ever do this again in a million years.”“Then it occurred to me that with us working together and being live on the air every day for three hours that we were forced, no matter what disagreements we had, what misunderstandings we had, to work through it and get right with each other by a.m.,” he said. Brzezinski split with her husband in December 2015.
They have hosted the morning show together since 2007, but they spent most of that time in other relationships. The couple had never publicly discussed their romantic relationship. Scarborough told The Hollywood Reporter that “we have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too.”According to Vanity Fair, President Trump offered to host the wedding at the White House or at Mar-a-Lago, and even to officiate the wedding himself.“The mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just …
Visitors also couldn’t help but notice that the giant Peter Max painting of the pair—the one that greets visitors at the Morning Joe offices—also hangs in Scarborough’s home.”More recently, last month, Scarborough pretty much acknowledged to the Hollywood Reporter what everyone by then had assumed was true: “We have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too.”The timing of Thursday’s big reveal might have come as a surprise—Scarborough’s bended-knee proposal happened at the end of a romantic weekend in Cap d’Antibes to celebrate Brzezinski’s 50 birthday—but the general reaction is “shock, shock,” in the Casablanca sense.
They appear to take a big step toward coming out as a couple in a new interview.
"We have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too," says Scarborough, who divorced his second wife in 2013 (Brzezinski split from her husband of 23 years in June).
Corker was referring to Buckingham Palace’s announcement of a royal retirement: “He knows I’m a big Prince Phillip fan, and it’s good that after all these years of working he can relax.”Through it all, Brzezinski gesticulated with her left hand, sometimes flaunting the shiny thing on her ring finger and sometimes keeping it out of view.
For their close colleagues and friends, the proclamation of Joe & Mika’s pending nuptials is a moment of private joy.
“They are frequently spotted outside 30 Rock, traveling together on Nantucket and in Charleston, or sitting at tables for two over cozy dinners in Manhattan.
Last December, when Scarborough hosted a Christmas party for friends and colleagues at his home in New Canaan, it was Brzezinski who welcomed guests at the door.“I don’t know how they do it, or what magic they worked.”Only their sometime frenemy and lately enemy Donald Trump has been uncouth enough to hurl the tittle-tattle into the public domain.Irked by their criticisms of his campaign, the future president tweeted last August: “Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @Joe NBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. ”In the Vanity Fair story, Joe & Mika confided that in January, when they were on better terms, the president offered to officiate at their wedding over lunch at the White House with Trump, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner.“If it weren’t Trump, it might be something to think about,” Mika said.Not only did everybody win (with the possible exception of Alec Baldwin), the outcome suggested that Joe & Mika have a virtuosic mastery of the power grid—and know precisely which buttons to push.In retrospect, the public positioning of their private ardor looks like a textbook illustration of PR expertise.In one such case in November 2013, shortly after Scarborough’s divorce from his second wife was finalized (and three years before Brzezinski’s official split from her own spouse), The New York Post’s Richard Johnson was preparing to declare them an item.