The news puts an end to years of speculation about a romance between the MSNBC co-hosts. The couple confirmed it in an interview with Vanity Fair published Thursday.
They made no mention of the engagement on their show, "Morning Joe," on Thursday. But several of the show's guests congratulated them -- for recent "ratings" wins.
Scarborough and Brzezinski have been sitting together on the set of "Morning Joe" for 10 years. Almost the entire time, gossip has swirled off-set and online about whether the two are more than just colleagues.
For years, Scarborough and Brzezinski dismissed that chatter and said they were just friends. Scarborough was divorced in 2013. Brzezinski was divorced in 2016.
Earlier this year the couple dropped hints about their relationship.
"We have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too," Scarborough told The Hollywood Reporter.
The proposal happened at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, France, the couple told Vanity Fair. It came as a surprise to Brzezinski. "When I saw him on one knee, I started laughing nervously, almost hysterically," she told the magazine. "And then he asked, and I said, 'Absolutely.'"
Winks and nudges about the relationship have been practically a part of "Morning Joe."
The New York Post's Page Six column, which has written about the relationship for years, broke the engagement news on Thursday morning.
A source told Page Six's Emily Smith that "there are no wedding plans as of yet, they are just telling their families the happy news."
But Scarborough did tell Vanity Fair that in January, before they were engaged, both then-President Elect Donald Trump and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner offered to officiate any wedding. Asked for her thoughts on that, Brzezinski told the magazine, "The mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just . . . no. No, no, no, no, no."
|Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in 2013. The co-hosts are now engaged. CHARLES SYKES / NBC|
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of ‘Morning Joe’ Are Engaged
Speculate no more. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC whose off-air relationship had been the source of rumors, are now engaged.
An MSNBC spokeswoman confirmed the engagement. In an interview in Vanity Fair, the couple described how their relationship evolved.
“Over the past year and a half, I realized I had to face these feelings and that it was time to stop putting them in a box,” Ms. Brzezinski told the magazine. “It was not an easy process and it was not an easy set of decisions for either of us. It was something I couldn’t deny anymore.”
Mr. Scarborough, who has been married twice before, told Vanity Fair he thought he would “never, ever do this again in a million years.”
“Then it occurred to me that with us working together and being live on the air every day for three hours that we were forced, no matter what disagreements we had, what misunderstandings we had, to work through it and get right with each other by 5:59 a.m.,” he said.
They have hosted the morning show together since 2007, but they spent most of that time in other relationships. Mr. Scarborough divorced his wife in 2013, and Ms. Brzezinski split with her husband in December 2015.
The couple had never publicly discussed their romantic relationship. The closest they came was in April, when Mr. Scarborough told The Hollywood Reporter that “we have a crackling on-air chemistry, and a crackling off-air chemistry, too.”
According to Vanity Fair, President Trump offered to host the wedding at the White House or at Mar-a-Lago, and even to officiate the wedding himself.
“The mental picture is just fascinating, but the reality is just … no. No, no, no, no, no,” Ms. Brzezinski said.