“Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and co-host/fiancé Joe Scarborough are “heartbroken” over sexual assault allegations about longtime guest Mark Halperin, which resulted in his being suspended from the long-running MSNBC show.
After being criticized for an initial tepid response to the disturbing claims, Brzezinski finally spoke out on Friday’s show saying that she and Scarborough “fully support NBC’s decision here.”
An insider close to the pair says that doesn’t tell the whole story and that both Brezezinski and Scarborough are “heartbroken for their friend, but also very troubled by the allegations.” We’re told that it was Brzezinski’s decision to speak out more forcefully on the scandal despite her being good pals with the “Game Change” co-author.
Allegations against the political commentator first surfaced last week with several women sharing their stories of harassment while Halperin was the political director at ABC. The allegations ranged in nature from propositioning women for sex to grabbing one’s breasts against her will.
Our source also noted that Halperin was well known for “hitting on everyone. It was known that he was on the prowl a lot. It was an open secret that he was that kind of guy. He would hit on you if you’re a woman.”
Halperin released a statement where he acknowledged pursuing relationships with women that he worked with, which said: “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain.”
MSNBC is not the only company to loosen their ties to the troubled talking head. HBO has canceled his miniseries “Game Change,” which is about the 2016 presidential election.
With Nicki Gostin