A heated exchange ensued between “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff and “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, and it didn’t end well.
Brzezinski booted Wolff off the show after he danced around her and her fellow hosts' questions about implications he made in his book regarding an alleged affair between United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and President Donald Trump.
A few days prior, Wolff appeared on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” during which he asserted he was “absolutely sure” the president was having an affair with someone in his administration, and he suggested that there’s a part in his book that gives away who it most likely is, The Daily Beast reports.
“Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph you’re going to say ‘Bingo,’” Wolff said on the show.
After that, readers went digging and found that Wolff must have been talking about an excerpt that reads, “The president had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future.”
The speculation prompted Haley to speak out, denouncing the rumor that she had any personal relationship with Trump. She said she found the line in the book “highly offensive” and claimed that she has “literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there… I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.”
Flash forward to Wolff’s “Morning Joe” appearance, and he denied accusing Haley of being Trump’s mistress, maintaining that the language he used in his book was not suggestive.
But Brzezinski was having none of Wolff’s evasiveness.
“You might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this, but you’re slurring a woman. It’s disgraceful,” she said to Wolff.
When the author continued to deny his very obvious accusation, Brzezinski became visibly exasperated.
“Come on, are you kidding? You’re on the set of ‘Morning Joe.’ We don’t BS here,” she said.
Finally, she had enough and kicked him off the air.
“I’m sorry, this is awkward, you’re here on the set with us, but we’re done. Michael Wolff, thank you,” she said.
She then addressed the camera, saying, “We’re gonna go to break now. Bye, everyone,” and the show cut to commercial.
Just moments after getting the boot, Wolff took to Twitter to have the last word.
“The last time I was on Morning Joe off camera Joe and Mika eager to gossip about who Trump might be sleeping with,” he wrote. “It really would be hard to gossip more eagerly off camera than Mika and Joe gossip.”
The last time I was on Morning Joe off camera Joe and Mika eager to gossip about who Trump might be sleeping with.— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 1, 2018
It really would be hard to gossip more eagerly off camera than Mika and Joe gossip.— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 1, 2018
He also made a snarky reference to Brzezinksi’s ongoing feud with Trump by tweeting, “My bad, the President is right about Mika.”
Presumably, he was referring to disparaging comments Trump has made about “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” who he said was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when they crossed paths in Florida on New Year’s Eve some time ago.
My bad, the President is right about Mika.— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 1, 2018
Since the release of this controversial tell-all, Wolff has ruffled many feathers. However, it's likely he didn't expect to come out of this with many friends after leaking scandalous White House secrets. The issue, however, is that his credibility is at stake. If readers determine the book is chock-full of lies, all of his works will be viewed as unreliable and untrustworthy.
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