Love Story How Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Kept Their Relationship Secret for So Long The announcement of their relationship on Thursday was perfectly managed—as has been their ability to keep journalists from revealing their romance until now.
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According to sources familiar with the situation, a distraught Brzezinski reached out to then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes —like Johnson, a vassal in the Murdoch media empire—and tearfully asked Ailes, with whom she was friendly, to intervene with the gossip columnist, arguing that their respective children would be hurt by such publicity.
The next day, the sources said, Johnson was rewarded when Scarborough phoned him and gave him the juicy scoop that Alec Baldwin was about to be fired from his short-lived MSNBC program. In retrospect, the public positioning of their private ardor looks like a textbook illustration of PR expertise. Little by little, especially in recent months, they have sent public signals of their passion, and members of the Fourth Estate have apparently agreed not to challenge them on their insistence that nothing physical was happening between them while their respective marriages were legally in force.
Last December, when Scarborough hosted a Christmas party for friends and colleagues at his home in New Canaan, it was Brzezinski who welcomed guests at the door. Their first conversation, recounted by both in profiles over the years, reads like Bogie and Bacall. He asked her what she thought of it.
He was smitten, and persuaded her to join him on tryouts for a brand new morning program. It was a raging success. Ten years ago, they had instant chemistry as TV spouses—sometimes warm and fuzzy, and other times tense and irritable—the cable news answer to The Bickersons. The fact of the matter is that they are not Bobby Kennedy as I was about to say, but you wanted to get your cheap shot in so you got your cheap shot in. It matters, because their Acela corridor power-politics franchise is extremely important to the Comcast-owned MSNBC, both as a profit center and prestige enhancer.
But an executive at the cable outlet sounded sanguine about the future.