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    New York Issue
    Joe Scarborough
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    Joe Scarborough, left, and Mika Brzezinski
    Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough
    Co-hosts, MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

    This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    Contrary to popular belief, there is at least one morning show in the NBCUniversal empire with chemistry to spare. Brzezinski and Scarborough's rapport is so strong, it acts as a Rorschach test.

    "Everyone takes away whatever they feel, whether it's brother-sister, parent-child -- I'd be the parent," jokes Brzezinski, 45, of her relationship with Scarborough, 50. Since 2007, the political talker has had a devoted following drawn to its passion, such as when Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, delivered a condemnation of the NRA after the Newtown tragedy.

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    "Our Bill of Rights does not guarantee gun manufacturers the right to sell military-style, high-caliber, semiautomatic combat assault rifles with high-capacity magazines to whoever the hell they want," said Scarborough on the Dec. 17 show.

    When it comes to Hollywood interlopers, the pair have welcomed the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney, says Brzezinski. "We like smart people, and there happen to be some smart people in Hollywood." 

    PROUDEST MOMENT: "Joe would never say this," she says, "I think for him, it's when he took on [Nobel Prize-winning economist] Paul Krugman on Charlie Rose."

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