“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged, according to MSNBC.
The news confirms rumors of an off-screen romance that have been swirling since last year.
The engagement was first reported by the New York Post’s Page Six on Thursday. 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.
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attend the Accessories Council 20th Anniversary celebration of the ACE awards at Cipriani 42nd Street on August 2, 2016 in New York City (Getty Images)
An MSNBC spokesperson tells The Associated Press that the couple is engaged, but said the network wouldn’t be commenting further.
During his campaign last year, President Donald Trump responded to criticism from Scarborough and Brzezinski on Twitter by promising to tell the “real story” of the couple’s relationship.
Scarborough and Brzezinski, together on the show since 2007, alluded to their relationship last month in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Scarborough mentioned that he and Brzezinski “have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too.” When asked to elaborate, Brzezinski replied, “that’s good.”
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 the 50-year-old Brzezinski and WABC-TV reporter Jim Hoffer had divorced after 23 years of marriage.