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Joe Scarborough: Most Interesting Morning TV Anchor in The World?

Dos Equis“Morning Joe” revealed an exclusive “Super Bowl” commercial this morning featuring the most interesting morning TV anchor in the world: Joe Scarborough.

The commercial trails Scarborough in the morning before showtime, sleeping through alarm clocks, showering with clothes on, debating Paul Krugman, eating McDonald’s while lying on the street, and commuting to work via wooden motorboat.

“I don’t wake up on time often, but when I do, I’m on ‘Morning Joe,’” Scarborough says, signing off: “Stay sleepy my friends.”

Donny Deutsch claimed The Dos Equis beer spoof was made possible by MSNBC’s president.

“It’s amazing, Phil Griffin. emptied the piggyback. Two thirty second spots, eight million dollar expenditure for the world’s most interesting morning talk show host,” Deutsh said. “Go Phil Griffin.”

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms the segment was sarcastic, and this commercial won’t be running during the big game Sunday… or maybe not anywhere. WATCH:

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Joe Scarborough Answers ‘Why is Joe So Mean?’

JScarboroughOn “Morning Joe” this morning, host Joe Scarborough let viewers in on the reason why he occasionally interrupts guests: his producers screaming in his ear.

Trying to speed up POLITICO’s Jim VandeHei’s answer, Scarborough explained his cutting off guests.

“Alright I was just told by Alex (Korson), just stop your hopefulness. Let’s talk about where somebody threatens to beat up a reporter,” Scarborough said.

“I just want to finish this one point,” VandeHei insisted.

“Make it real quick, because Alex said we’re running out of time,” Scarborough said followed by co-host Mika Brzezinski gasping at him.

“Alex, people don’t know, that when I jump in, they’re like ‘oh, why is Joe so mean?’ That’s because you guys are always screaming in my ear we gotta go to break.”

“Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson defended his host with a quipp about Congressman Michael Grimm’s aggressive dust-up with a local reporter after the State of the Union: “It’s true, I threatened to throw you off a balcony.”

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The Morning Ticker: Farrow, Capus, Jost

  • MSNBC host Ronan Farrow has bought a $1.495 million pad in Joe Scarborough‘s neighborhood. The 982-sq. foot, Upper West Side unit is in a doorman building with a landscaped rooftop with views of the Hudson River, just like in a Woody Allen movie.

  • “Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost will be the new co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Cecily Strong starting March 1. Jost takes over for Seth Meyers who begins hosting “Late Night” on NBC on February 24.

Gov. Christie Spent 15 Minutes on the Phone with Mika Brzezinski Following Bridge Apology

AMJoeChristieCoverage of bridgegate continues on MSNBC — and NBC, where a Savannah Guthrie, Joe Scarborough interview was simulcast on “Today” and “Morning Joe.”  Following MSNBC’s interview Saturday with Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken, NJ who alleged New Jersey’s lieutenant governor used strong-arm tactics over Hurricane Sandy funds, the Governor fired back, calling MSNBC a “partisan network.” (His lieutenant governor said this morning the mayor’s story is “false and illogical,” and Zimmer has already responded to that claim).

Meanwhile, the coverage of the coverage continues. The New York Times has a story about how MSNBC’s reporting on the governor has changed since the story broke. MSNBC’s “on-air romance” with the governor was “forged over chummy strolls along the Jersey Shore and heart-to-hearts in the studio about everything from overeating to education,” the Times writes. Over the years, Christie also developed close ties to MSNBC anchors including Mika Brzezinski. He even showed up at her recent book signing. And this:

Immediately after Mr. Christie concluded his apologetic news conference about the controversy last week, he spent 15 minutes on the phone with Ms. Brzezinski as he prepared to face Fort Lee, the small community crippled by gridlock from the lane closures, she said. On Sunday, Ms. Brzezinski still spoke fondly of Mr. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, “whom I have the biggest admiration for,” she said.

 

Steve Kornacki’s Connection to Port Authority Official Involved in Bridge Fiasco

Steve Kornacki Steve Kornacki, host of MSNBC’s “Up,” got his start in journalism like many of us, at a local online publication. “My first job in journalism was covering politics in New Jersey,” Kornacki said on “Morning Joe” this morning about his time reporting for PoliticsNJ.com.

That site was started by David Wildstein the former Port Authority official embroiled in the politically-motivated lane closures in Ft. Lee, NJ, which lead to the George Washington bridge. But at the time, Kornacki didn’t know who he was working for: “It was anonymously owned and operated. He went by the pseudonym ‘Wally Edge,” Kornacki continued.

“For the three years I worked in New Jersey, I didn’t know him,” Kornacki said, saying he didn’t find out Wildstein’s true identity until after he left the local New Jersey site and had dinner with him: ironically near the George Washington Bridge.

“Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski also addressed their friendship with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, saying it does not interfere with the tough questions they’ll ask if he appears on their show to discuss the the scandal.

Christie, who has fired his key aide involved in the fiasco, held a nearly two hour news conference on the matter today. MSNBC and CNN carried it in its entirety. Fox News carried it for close to an hour, dropping out during the press Q & A.

After the jump, Kornacki on “Morning Joe.”

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It’s Official: Thomas Roberts Named Host of MSNBC’s ‘Way Too Early’

thomas robertsThomas Roberts has officially been named host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early.” He will begin in his new role on January 13, MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced this morning.

“Thomas’ unique personality and point of view are just the right mix to lead-in to ‘Morning Joe.’ Thomas has really found his voice in the past year and joining the ‘Morning Joe’ table gives him the opportunity to further develop it,” Griffin said in a statement.

Roberts takes over for Brian Shactman, who has been hosting the early-morning show since Willie Geist was named co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour of “Today.”

The Daily Caller reported yesterday that Roberts’ move to the morning shift was an attempt to make MSNBC’s early-morning hours more “diverse.”

“Mika and I worked with Thomas in Oklahoma City after last spring’s tornado and became fans,” Joe Scarborough said in a statement provided to TVNewser. “Despite internet speculation, he was chosen based strictly on merit and not politically correct considerations.”

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From TV to Politics: Who’s in the Running?

HuckabeeScarborough‘Tis the season for a lot talk about who may or may not be running for political office.

  • Fox News host and former Gov. Mike Huckabee attended a private event in Arkansas recently. “Will I run? The Lord knows, but He’s not telling just yet,” he said at the event, which was covered by CBN.
  • CNBC’s Larry Kudlow told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday that he has no desire to run for office. “I love my work. I love my TV show. I love my radio show … You want put me in the Senate?,” Kudlow joked. “Why would you do that to me? I thought you were my pal,”
  • Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former Florida congressman, isn’t shutting the door on a campaign run. Last month he told “Fox & Friends” he’s staying put in TV, at least for another 8 years, until his youngest daughter finishes school.

Sarah Palin on ‘Fox News Sunday’ to Discuss Martin Bashir

FNCPalinSarah Palin will be on “Fox News Sunday” to talk about — among other things — the vile comments leveled at her by MSNBC host Martin Bashir a week ago.

There’s still no word from MSNBC about possible disciplinary action for Bashir following the comments he made about Palin on his show Friday, Nov. 15. Bashir apologized for those comments last Monday, and continued to anchor his 4pm show all week.

But following the two-week suspension levied on Alec Baldwin two weeks ago, the unpaid week off Ed Schultz took for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” and the 2007 firing from MSNBC of Don Imus for calling members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy headed hos,” there have been calls for action — some of the loudest of which have come from Fox News hosts, but also from Bashir’s MSNBC colleague Joe Scarborough.

Steve Doocy to Joe Scarborough: ‘What Are You Doing On The Curvy Couch?’

ScarboroughFandFJoe Scarborough has been making the off-network rounds this week promoting his new book, “The Right Path.” He’s been on the “Today” show, Charlie Rose‘s PBS show, “CBS This Morning,” and today he went across the street appearing on rival Fox News getting cozy on the “Fox & Friends” couch.

“What are you doing on the curvy couch?,” Steve Doocy asked. Said Scarborough, “If you want to sell books about the Republicans you have to come to the mother ship.”

Will Scarborough be getting back in to politics? See what he told Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. WATCH:

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The AM Ticker: Jones, Scarborough, Twitter

  • On the day of Twitter’s IPO, CNBC’s Julia Boorstin gets an interview with the company’s CEO, Dick Costolo. Watch it after the jump. Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang also interviewed Costolo from the NYSE.

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