The first couple of cable news, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, are engaged to be married, sources have exclusively confirmed to Page Six.
The MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts got engaged this past weekend during a romantic trip to the south of France and Monaco to celebrate Brzezinski’s 50th birthday.
We’re told 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.
A source told us, “Joe got down on one knee and proposed old-fashioned-style with a ring. Of course, Mika accepted. They came back from the trip on Cloud Nine.” The source added, “There are no wedding plans as of yet, they are just telling their families the happy news.”
A source close to Brzezinski said, “Mika turned 50 and realized she wanted to move forward with her life and spend every minute with Joe, and not just at work.”
A friend of Joe’s added, “He’s had a rough few years with his divorce and the passing of his father, but he’s been the happiest he’s ever been these last few months with Mika.” Reps for the couple and NBC declined to comment.
Page Six exclusively reported the on-air couple was involved in a secret romance in June last year after Brzezinski and her husband of 23 years, James Hoffer, divorced. They have two daughters. Scarborough divorced Susan Waren, a former aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in 2013 after a 12-year marriage. It was his second divorce and he has four children.
But the couple has remained coy about their romance.
He told The Hollywood Reporter last month, “We have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too.” That chemistry has made for great viewing and ratings. Scarborough is an outspoken Republican while Brzezinski is a Democrat.
Just before their romantic trip, the two got into an on-air lovers’ tiff: Scarborough tore into Brzezinski, calling her “snotty” and “rude” for interrupting him. He later jokingly apologized on Twitter.