Following what many assumed to be a weeklong vacation, Joe’s wife and co-anchor, Mika Brzezinski, led Monday’s broadcast by herself, causing a few fans to wonder whether the former politician is sick. So, what happened to the 57-year-old? He’s a difficult man to track down.
Is Joe Scarborough sick?
Neither Joe nor Mika (nor NBC News) have explained the father of four’s absence, leading us to believe that he’s either feeling under the weather or has an extended break scheduled into this week.
It’s hard to tell what exactly is going on with Joe since he’s been tweeting consistently over the last seven days despite being away from his anchor desk. Co-host Willie Geist headed up the five broadcasts that Joe and Mika missed following Fourth of July weekend.
But in true TV commentator fashion, the pair — who tied the knot in 2018 — continued to work during their apparent vacay. On July 7, Mika documented the couple’s video conference with MSNBC employees.
"So great to connect with the booking team. We [heart] u guys — SUCH INCREDIBLE WORK DURING TOUGH TIMES!!" the blonde beauty wrote in an Instagram post. "THANK YOU for putting your heart and soul into what you do! We appreciate you."
Mika admitted the coronavirus pandemic has created enormous stress for her family.
In a recent essay on NBCNews.com, the 53-year-old revealed how she’s tackling anxiety brought on by the global health crisis. "The past few weeks have been exceedingly difficult, and the stress is piling higher than the tallest peaks," Mika confessed, listing a few of the challenges that she and Joe are currently facing.
But not all of the tension has been caused by COVID-19. "We’re personally dealing with the fallout of the baseless and wildly offensive conspiracy theory President Trump shamelessly continues to peddle about Joe," Mika noted, referring to allegations that her husband was involved in the death of an intern in his congressional office nearly 20 years ago.
The journalist shared that she combats stress by doubling down on mindfulness, not judging herself when it comes to food and exercise, and spending time with her family and pets. "Under lockdown, these feelings of stress and fear can be intensified," she wrote.
"When things feel like they’re just too much, I simply lie down on the floor for 10 to 20 minutes in complete silence. I close my eyes and breathe deeply, which anchors me to the present and untethers me from any negativity I may be feeling.
"These days, it can often feel like there are so few bright spots," she added. "Life in these extraordinary times is exceptionally hard for far too many of us, even those like me with particular privilege and security. But I truly believe things will get better, and in the meantime, I'm trying to find peace with where I am — and who I am — today."
Morning Joe airs weekdays from 6-9 a.m. ET on MSNBC.