For 10 years, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have teased audiences with their differing political views and on-air relationship. Now, the pair have officially announced their engagement, Deadline confirms.
The New York Post’s Page Six first reported this morning that the on-air office spouses “got engaged this past weekend during a romantic trip to the south of France and Monaco to celebrate Brzezinski’s 50th birthday.” Following MSNBC’s confirmation of the engagement to the AP, the co-hosts accepted congratulations on-air without commenting, leading to the trending hashtag on Twitter, #JoeandMika.
According to the Post, the pair’s engagement occurred when “Scarborough, 54, got down on one knee and proposed at the scenic Bar Bellini at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, which has a breathtaking moonlit outdoor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.” An exclusive interview with Vanity Fair recounts the engagement and Scarborough’s reluctance to make public.
Both Scarborough and Brzezinski have been divorced, with neither ever giving into viewer speculation about their off-air relationship. Meanwhile, president Donald Trump, who has been a regular guest on the show, posted a tweet last summer playfully adding to the speculation of an alleged relationship between the two.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2016
Following the Inauguration in January, Scarborough and Brzezinski had lunch with president Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Scarborough recalled Trump suggesting the pair get married in the White House or in Mar-a-Lago, “That’s when Jared interrupted and said, ‘Hey, you know what? I’ve got my license. I could marry you,’” Scarborough said, with Trump responding, “Why would you marry them? They could have the President of the United States marry them.” Brzezinski, the daughter of a national security adviser to former president Jimmy Carter wasn’t sold on the idea, saying, “The mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just . . . no. No, no, no, no, no.”
Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman, penned the idea for a show to MSNBC back in 2007 following CBS dropping Don Imus’ radio show (concurrently dropped on MSNBC simulcast), then appointing Brzezinski personally as co-host. Brzezinski joined MSNBC in January 2007 after working at CBS News.
Viewership for the 6-9 a.m. morning news talker has remained on an upward climb during the presidential election, often trailing Fox News’ Fox & Friends, and receiving criticism for the co-hosts close relationship with on-air guest Donald Trump. Though now Trump has slammed the show for its criticism of his first days in office, Variety reports.
Morning Joe airs 6-9 a.m. ET on MSNBC.