'Morning Joe' Hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski Engaged
Guests on Thursday's edition of the MSNBC morning show tried to congratulate the happy couple, who insisted the well wishes were about the TV program's ratings.
Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski say they are engaged, confirming rumors of an offscreen romance that have been swirling since last year.
The MSNBC personalities revealed their engagement to Vanity Fair in an interview for an article published just after their show ended Thursday morning. The engagement was first reported by the New York Post's Page Six earlier Thursday and confirmed with MSNBC by the Associated Press.
Regular panelist Harold Ford Jr. offered his congratulations at the top of Thursday's show. Brzezinski thanked him before fellow co-host Willie Geist joked that Ford was congratulating the pair on the show's ratings. Guests Steve Rattner and Mark Halperin, appearing via video, also tried to congratulate Scarborough and Brzezinski as the latter looked uncomfortable.
Brzezinski told Vanity Fair that Scarborough proposed during a recent trip to France for Brzezinski's 50th birthday, which was May 2. They were walking up a hill to a hotel bar in the coastal town of Antibes when, Brzezinski said, Scarborough got down on one knee, presented Brzezinski with an oval-shaped diamond ring and asked the question.
"Absolutely," Brzezinski replied.
Plans for the couple's wedding have yet to be finalized, but they're ruling out an offer from President Donald Trump to do the honors. The couple told Vanity Fair that Trump told them during a meeting shortly after his inauguration that they should consider getting married at the White House or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and he could perform the ceremony.
Brzezinski, the daughter of national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, told Vanity Fair that a White House wedding might be something to think about "if it weren't Trump."
Scarborough and Brzezinski said they aren't sure how going public with the romance will affect the show's dynamic, but Scarborough told Vanity Fair they aren't concerned.
"We want to spend the rest of our lives together, and that's more important than what management will think and critics will think or anybody else," he said.
This would be 54-year-old Scarborough's third marriage following his divorce from Susan Warren in 2013. An MSNBC spokesperson told the New York Post last year that Brzezinski and WABC-TV reporter Jim Hoffer had divorced after 23 years of marriage.
Scarborough remarked to The Hollywood Reporter last month that he and Brzezinski "have a crackling on-air chemistry and a crackling off-air chemistry too."