Did Mika Brzezinski divorce her husband so she could be with Joe Scarborough?


As I get older, I become more and more of a morning person. Which means that on weekdays, I’m usually up and eating breakfast in time for the first 20 minutes of Morning Joe, MSNBC’s absolutely awful morning show with hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Nothing gets my blood churning in the morning like Joe Scarborough pontificating on politics. I would honestly find a new morning show to watch, except that at 6 am, Morning Joe is basically the best thing on the air. It’s sad. Anyway, over the years, people have made a big deal about Mika and Joe’s on-air and off-screen chemistry, how they’re like an bickering old married couple and they have each other’s backs and all of that. I didn’t think much of it. As it turns out though, there was something there. Joe quietly got a divorce several years back and Mika has just finalized her divorce. And now everyone’s saying Mika and Joe are together?

“Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough could soon go public as a couple. Page Six has exclusively learned that Brzezinski and her husband of 23 years have quietly divorced. Popular MSNBC stars Scarborough and Brzezinski are widely rumored to be romantically involved — and there’s plenty of on-air chemistry for all to see. But while Scarborough is also divorced — since 2013 — the TV duo have never confirmed they’re romantically involved.

An NBC insider told us, “Everybody at 30 Rock knows they are a couple . . . They are constantly together, they arrive and leave events together, even on weekends. They are each other’s publicists and finish each other’s sentences. It’s the worst kept secret in TV.”

Brzezinski, 49, and her ex-husband, WABC Eyewitness News investigative reporter James Hoffer, who married in 1993, have undergone an under-the-radar divorce, which was recently settled, we’re told. They have two teenage daughters. Scarborough, 53, divorced Susan Waren, a former aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in 2013 after a 12-year marriage. The former couple, who have two children together, separated the previous year.

An MSNBC spokesperson confirmed to Page Six, “Mika’s divorce was finalized in the past year. She’s really grateful that it was done amicably and in private. This has, of course, been a painful time for her family. So right now she is focused on her two teenage daughters, and on continuing to heal.”

The spokesperson declined to comment on the status of her relationship with Scarborough.

A friend of the “Knowing Your Value” author said: “Mika has always been very open — in her books and elsewhere — about her failures and disappointments in life, her struggles with eating disorders, her career, the ups and downs of parenting.” The friend added, “I’m sure down the road she’ll want to share more about this experience, but right now she thinks it’s best for her family to have some privacy.”

[From Page Six]

I’m genuinely surprised to learn that that Mika quietly got a divorce – she’s always making references to her husband and her kids on-air, although now that I think about it, the references to her husband have been few and far between in the past year. So have Mika and Joe been banging this whole time? Did they both cheat on their spouses and make a promise to each other to leave their partners for each other? The only thing nice I have to say about this is that I sort of like that their affair (alleged affair) took place in a work context, and that they’re close in age (he’s 53, she’s 49) and it’s not a situation where Joe left his wife for some 22-year-old intern. That’s the only good thing I can say about this “morning show scandal.” Their poor spouses! Both of the exes are probably wondering how long this affair has been happening.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    They have heard each other speak, right?

    • almondmilk says:

      I am ashamed to admit I ‘hate-watch,’ morning Joe.

      It can’t be good for my health to get that angry in the early morn.

      They both annoy the crap outta me. He of course reigns supreme being the conservative King, and the way she ‘mommies’ and defers to him has always bugged. I think this was the pic that sealed the deal on their marriages:


      I was like.. Yea.. I see why Mika has had ‘issues, ‘ like eating disorders. She seems super shallow and not very self aware that she appears a bit of an aging bimbo. Like she wants to be a serious journo but that gets overridden by her desperate need to be a poor man’s Suzanne Somers, lol.

      Very hung up on her own looks, as in, she thinks they’re a lot better than they are.

      He is a douche that of course thinks he’s the sh* and doesn’t realize how literal most of us take that analogy with regards to him.

      He always talks over her.. Without fail. She used to get peeved back in the day…which was fun to watch…now she just lets him go…and doesn’t gentle mommy ‘scold’ him as much as she used to – which tells me there might be something to these schtupping rumors.

      This can only end badly. Mainly because I see her being head over heels and him biding his time until some much younger woman happens along – I see a d grade celebrity in his future along the lines of Alec’s Hilaria.

      Mika will probably spiral down on camera at that point. The drama will be good for business.

      Sad to say… I’ll probably be watching. Lol😂

      • smith says:

        Holy hell that photo. That rounded out the story nicely for me, thank you.

        Maybe I’m overreacting but if I were her producer I’d be appalled and maybe put her on leave or at least have a real long conversation about “things.” That image is an affront to women, to journalists, to Mothers and to the LBD hanging in my closet. Also to wooden tables and stools. Did I leave out anything?? He’s a blowhard d*ck who embarrasses himself with his comments and political rhetoric but she sold it all right there with that pose.

        I don’t watch the show so if there’s something fun and clever here that I’m missing, please enlighten me.

        It’s no wonder we’re still having round-robin discussions about feminism in 2016.

    • @smith
      You think that photo is bad? I remember a few years ago they made a new intro video clip to the show that featured something like Joe putting down the newspaper & his coffee & hailing a cab to work and Mika, who is an avid runner, in little running shorts and tight, small tank top with her huge implants spilling out of the top of it and literally lacing up her running shoes and running to work, boobs bouncing and all. Luckily they don’t show it anymore. She’s a total idiot.

      There are so many smart, successful, credentialed, women in the political world that would make the show so much better.

  2. QQ says:

    F*ck, well.. that’s surprising and now I need an Eye rinse, Joe Scarborough looks and is a bloviating Honey Ham colored Jock gone to seed looking type of dude so the Imagine him under/on top of you game is just shudders on shudders

    But then that Lady looks like the last level Boss WASPy Shrew you meet in a video game set in Park Avenue so in a way.. Is a Match made in heaven??

    • Esmom says:

      I know. I don’t watch so I’m not really qualified to judge but I do not like what I see/hear of him. I admit I scanned these photos looking for body language evidence they are hooking up. Hard to say.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      You said it all, QQ,, funny as hell too, and I could almost dance to that first paragraph of yours. Either you have poetry chops or musical ones.

  3. Tate says:

    How in holy hell do you make it through 20 minutes of that show every morning?!? Scarborough makes my skin crawl.

    • Kaiser says:

      It honestly helps me wake up in the morning because I get so disgusted. Joe is such a buffoon.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        Hell, Kaiser, sounds like you’re talking about a husband.

      • Tate says:

        From the comments here it sounds like you are not the only one who hate watches!! I just can’t get my blood boiling first thing in the morning.

    • a reader says:

      As he should. Go google Joe “dead intern in my office”. This is not gossip – this is straight up fact.

      • Cait says:

        Oh man, do I remember THAT.

        He was one of the Contract with America GOP congressmen, and I was shocked that the intern thing wasn’t a huge scandal – or is his subsequent divorce and resignation from Congress.

      • Ally8 says:

        I know, right? It comes to mind every time I channel surf past that brainless show.

  4. Arock says:

    Oh please, sweet baby Jesus, let this show and all its participants implode…

  5. nicegirl says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish? ??

  6. Hooboy! says:

    I just read elsewhere that she and Joe had broken up and the network wants her to leave the morning show! What to believe!?

  7. Talie says:

    I hate them too, but I still watch. Haha

  8. Kathy says:

    The show is a great idea in terms of having lively discussions on current events but they are both terrible hosts. She is another child of a famous politician (just like Maria Shriver) who never would have had a broadcast journalism job if she was the daughter of a plumber. Just like Shriver, she’s milking it and telling other people how to succeed – what a joke. If you get all kinds of lucky breaks thanks to your family, just shut up and be grateful.

    • Fire Rabbit says:

      She is ineffective. She’s supposed to provide counterpoint to his puffery but never does. Thoughtful or otherwise. She constantly let’s everyone, usually male, interupt her and never steers it back to the points she was making. At her age and experience.she should know how to manage this. She might as well just go get them coffee.

    • Ally8 says:

      She used to anchor a morning news block at 4 am which I was actually up to watch sometimes (on CBS, I think) and she was excellent. It wasn’t just teleprompter reading, there was a real understanding and interpretation of the news. I don’t know who the heck this yes-dear airhead character she’s been playing on MSNBC is, but it’s a step back for women in the national media (aside from Fox News, where it’s still the 1950s for most of their women hosts all day any day anyway).

  9. lassie says:

    That’s not a forehead, that’s a five head!

    Seriously, he looks like he has an usually shaped and sized head.

  10. JenB says:

    Say what?! We watch a little of the show every morning. I’m genuinely surprised. I think she’s much more attractive than him. I was noticing his extra poofy hair and kinda small eyes today. Eh. Wow, I didn’t get that vibe from them so I’m pretty surprised. There goes the show if they don’t work out.

  11. PunkyMomma says:

    I confess. I watch Morning Joe. I know, 6 AM is way too early for soap opera, but there it is. These two have been doing the mating dance of the blue footed boobie for years. When Mika got her boob implants, and Joe had that “nasal surgery” a few years back, it sorta sealed the deal in my mind.

    As to Joe dating someone close in age, Mika’s political pedigree makes her a terrific catch for Joe.

    • JenB says:

      lol! “mating dance of the blue footed boobie” is great!! I didn’t know she had gotten implants.

  12. I’m a political junkie and have watched Morning Joe since day one, when Imus was fired and before it even had the name Morning Joe. So if that’s your cup of tea, it’s a must watch show. The show has higher ratings for years opposite CNN. Mika is the dumbest most annoying anchor/host, wannabe sex symbol but take me seriously person I have ever had to watch. And Joe can be insufferable at times but he’s also very smart in his field and can be funny. She’s so dumb he literally can barely contain, at times hasn’t, his disdain for her annoying vapidness.

    This is one instance where I don’t believe this story at all, not even an ounce. Not even in an ‘opposites attract way’. Joe & guests, the ones who know politics & history, tolerate her & her vapid opinions because it’s obvious she doesn’t have a clue. I was hoping after her initial contract was up, they’d replace her but before it was set to expire she started talking, on air, about a woman’s worth in the workplace compared to men & started doing seminars on the subject. The topic is true for some women but not this lady. She doesn’t deserve that job & she knows it. She got it because of her political family’s connections. Ok, venting over.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      HaHA! I knew my instincts were right about her! Thank you, thinkingaboutit, for confirming it for me. She’s absolutely insufferable.

    • Shi_gatsu says:

      Yes!!! YouTube Russell Brand on Morning Joe and you will see what an incredibly vapid, soulless, condescending person she is. I watch that clip once in awhile to see Brand give the smackdown on idiotic news anchors.

      “You need to lose that ring Mika! It means nothing to ya!”

      • I loved when Russell Brand was on.

        There was one time when Mika was going off about a subject she knew nothing about with no knowledge or facts as usual. After the commercial break, she read from her cell phone on the air that her husband was texting her during her vapid tirade and it said, ‘Shut up. You look and sound like an idiot.’ So yeah, so much for that marriage.

  13. Iknowwhatboyslike says:

    No, there is no good thing about this story and work romances are the worst. I hate the terminology work wife and work husband. there is something nefarious about that situation. Your partner is spending time with someone more than they spend time with you and you have to be able to trust that it’s nothing but friendship. I hate work affairs. It just makes me believe more and more that it’s difficult to believe that kind of relationship can be platonic.

  14. Cait says:

    He did the same to his first wife, though, so…is anyone surprised?

    (He was my congressman back in the 90’s.)

  15. Fire Rabbit says:


    Gawd isn’t that picture the truth about that show despite the posturing of MSNBC as a forward thinking news voice. However, why do you think the network should suspend her for the developments and not the other 50% of the whole situation sitting beside her?

  16. rainy says:

    I would never let a young girl watch this show. Mika is an embarrassment to women. Lets men constantly interrupt and puts on this helpless act. Just ewwwww. And the weird thing is when she hosts without Joe she actually has opinions that she states forthrightly without that weird shrugging and demure head-bobbing act as if asking for an apology for thinking.

    • Tate says:

      I watched the show at the very beginning and I liked it. Mika didn’t act like an empty headed subservient imbecile. Once she started in with that act I was quickly disgusted and never watched again.

  17. Jane says:

    I have a picture of the two of them together in Nantucket this summer.

  18. Carolina says:

    About a year or so ago, I was on the UWS and I stopped next to a building to take a very annoying call from someone who was insisting I had a delinquent Charter (cable) account [I’ve never had an account with Charter]. While I was on the phone, this convertible pulls up and the two of them get out, to complete my surreal experience. I assumed they were going to lunch.

  19. Dsigusted watcher says:

    I have also watched the show from the beginning; but, I am so disgusted with the two co-hosts that I will probably stop watching. Mika makes me want to scream and Joe is a pompous ass. Most mornings I wish I could reach into the television and shake both of them. Joe is rude and ignorant and Mika gazes at him like he is God’s gift to mankind. Ugh!! makes my skin crawl. He constantly interrupts her and she lets it happen. Where are the producers and directors? If it is true that they are a couple, ……there goes the show!!! My last comment is how tired they must be from kissing Trump’s ass all the time!!! Mika: wake up!!! Your actions have brought women back to the stone age.