Scarborough invokes ‘Les Mis’ in apology to co-host
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough likened himself to Anne Hathaway’s character from the film version of Les Miserables in his attempt to make amends with Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for disrespecting her during an on-air argument last week.
Discussing Hathaway’s portrayal of Fantine, Brzezinski said the actress “went to a very dark place, and stayed there.”
“That sound familiar?” Scarborough asked, before launching into his apology. “I did that last week, by the way.”
The two engaged in an unusually heated argument on Jan. 10, as Scarborough said Brzezinski and the show’s other panelists “hypocritically” brushed off the lack of women among President Barack Obama’s recent Cabinet nominees. At one point the host mockingly snapped his fingers at her, asking, “You want to call me a chauvinist?”
Scarborough said on Monday he was adding a public apology to one he offered her behind the scenes, “for going to a dark place and staying there. I’m sorry about that. You didn’t deserve it.”
He also offered what he called three resolutions for 2013: he would not “do something like that ever again”; he vowed to try to interrupt Brzezinski less; and he promised not to try to poop his pants in the White House, a potshot at Today Show meteorologist Al Roker, who admitted to doing so as a result of bowel reconstruction surgery.
Scarborough did not extend his promise of civility to the show’s other panelists, saying, “It’s gotta be Morning Joe.”
Brzezinski seemed unimpressed by Scarborough’s stab at keeping the peace, though, sighing and saying, “Fine, We’re good. Let’s do the news” before snapping her fingers at him in response.
Watch Scarborough try to make peace with Brzezinski, posted by Talking Points Memo on Jan. 14, 2013, below.