‘I Need An Eject Button’: Scarborough Squirms Through Another Brzezinski Tirade


Does the ghost of Sean Hannity loom over the set of Morning Joe? It certainly seemed to on Thursday — DAY OF COMEY.

Hour one of the MSNBC morning show began typically enough.

The assembled gang could barely contain their glee at the prospect of damning testimony from James Comey later today. Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle were particularly exhilarated by Comey’s dramatic writing. “The opening argument to a jury,” said Barnicle.

That all set the stage for a typical Brzezinski tirade.

“I think [Trump] is such a narcissist, it’s possible he is mentally ill in a way and this is on the table, I said it months ago and now everyone is starting to say it like it’s new, and it’s ok to say. He’s not well,” she said. “At the very least, he’s not well. And he’s so narcissistic he does not believe the rules apply to him, and that’s where the ignorance label may apply because this is a man who says he can grab women anywhere because he’s famous.”

Then something very curious happened.

Scarborough looked off camera and can be heard saying, “What’s that? Wow,” Then Willie Geist showed him something and the two started laughing. Then a clearly not listening Scarborough, banged the table.

“Stop right there,” he laughed “I need an eject button.”

“He posted it?” Scarborough appeared to ask someone else?

Brzezinski finally realized that nobody was listening to her and demanded an explanation.

“Nothing I have said is crazy,” she said.

“We’ll talk about it in the break,” said Scarborough barely able to get it out through his own laugher.

The show soon went to break. When it returned Scarborough joked about “keeping it in the guard rails.”

Brzezinski appeared to offer an explanation of her actions. “I am keeping it in the guard rails. Everything I’ve said you all have thought and you know and you’ve said in your own way.”

“You’re going to talk to me about a filter?” she snapped at Scarborough.

“Yes,” he said.

Without knowing all the facts, it seems very likely that Scarborough was made aware of Sean Hannity’s montage critique of their over-the-top Trump coverage from his prime time show last night at the exact moment Brzezinski launched into one of the very rants Hannity was critiquing. Regular Mediaite readers will know that Hannity and Scarborough have a long documented feud, with the two regularly taking shots at each other on Twitter. 

Mediaite has reached out to MSNBC for clarification and will update when/if we hear back.

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