MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” namesake Joe Scarborough packed New York City’s The Cutting Room on Thursday night for the release party for his new album, “Welcome to the Monkey House.” However, he told TheWrap, it wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for encouragement from his co-host and fiancée Mika Brzezinski.
Despite being a lawyer, having served in the Unites States House of Representatives and currently hosting “Morning Joe,” Scarborough said he would easily give up his political and television career to go back in time and focus on music.
“The answer to that would be yes, yes and hell yes,” Scarborough told TheWrap when asked if he would trade his entire career for that of a rocker such as Billy Joel.
“[Music] is what I’ve always loved doing and it’s really exciting that I’m getting to record and perform live now, but I’ve got Mika to thank for that,” Scarborough said.
Scarborough said he has been making music “non-stop, privately” since he was 14 years old, but was “too afraid” to offer it to the public until his fiancée came along.
“Mika told me about a year, two years ago, you know, ‘You have to do this… it’s what you love doing the most,” Scarborough said. “I said, ‘Well I’ll do it but they’ll kill me. Who wants to hear my music?'”
Brzezinski told him he was right, that people probably would criticize him, but she didn’t care and told Scarborough he didn’t have a choice.
“And so, it’s been very exposing and it has been nerve-wracking but, at the same time, Mika was right. It’s just a thrill,” he said. “I hope to do it for a very long time.”
The Cutting Room was filled with “Morning Joe” fans and people from the media industry, including NBC News’ Kasie Hunt and a crew from “CBS Sunday Morning” that is going to feature Joe and Mika in an upcoming segment.
At one point, Brzezinski was called on to the stage. She asked if any Republicans were in attendance and it was dead silent — except for one guy in the upper level who shouted something to the effect of: “I’m hanging on.”
Scarborough has now performed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and has ambitious plans for putting out 200 original songs over the coming years as part of a deal with Sony/RED MUSIC.
Brzezinski said what Bill Clinton was to sex, Trump is to "decency"
"What Bill Clinton did to the issue of sex to an entire generation, I believe this president is doing on issues of decency, on issues of conspiracy theories, on issues of fake news," Brzezinski said in June 15. "I think it's that simple and we're desensitized if we even argue it."
"If the president seems delusional about his accomplishments, you can point no further than that room," Brzezinski said in June 14. "There are no real men in the inner circle of the White House... none at all."
“Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough said on June 7 when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first hand.”
Scarborough said Trump “is not a sane, rational human being”
“If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately… they would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO,” Scarborough said on June 6.
Scarborough called Trump a “bumbling dope” on May 11 because of the way a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister was handled.
“Looking at the front pages of the newspapers here… The Wall Street Journal also, you look, of course, at pictures. The shameful picture where the United States press corps was kept out but the Russians were allowed in,” Scarborough said while holding up the paper.
Scarborough slammed Trump on March 31, saying that Russians are lucky that POTUS is “stupid enough” to pick up their fake news.
“We’re obsessed on how the Russians have hacked, how the Russians have tried to impact this, how the Russians have tried to impact the White House,” Scarborough said. “We’re really just playing into their hands.”