It took a lot of “courage” for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough to wear his searing red Brooks Brothers sweater on set Friday. That’s what he told FishbowlDC Saturday at the Omni Shoreham hotel where he was speaking on a panel for the National Review Institute summit.
“We were talking about courage on stage,” Scarborough said. “Do you know how much courage it took to get that red sweater out of my closet?” Asked if it was a gift, he said no. “Am I supposed to be ashamed that I bought it on my own? I bought it on my own.”
His co-host Mika Brzezinksi has said in the past that Scarborough is “like a gay stylist.” However, she’s not a fan of the red sweater. “She usually speaks out against the red sweaters,” Scarborough said, “but fortunately she was off that day so I thought I’d give it a test ride. It worked out well.”
He acknowledged that it’s a way to keep things fresh on set… “I think at this point everybody’s so excited whenever I don’t wear the same blue Lanvin sweater, the one I wear all the time,” he said, adding that he would “keep going red.”
On Monday, he went blue. Though it, too, was equally stunning as the red.
Scarborough’s sweater choice was also a topic of fascination in 2010. “It’s just a sweater, but they’re turning me into ‘Merv the Perv,’” he said after ribbing on set from NBC’s David Gregory. Scarborough had shown up in a type of red cardigan.
“You look like you should have a small boy on your lap offering him Werther’s Original,” Gregory had told him.