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Mika Brzezinski: I Almost Left 'Morning Joe' Over Pay Disparity (VIDEO)


First Posted: 05/06/11 10:36 AM ET Updated: 07/06/11 06:12 AM ET

Mika Brzezinski revealed on Thursday's "Morning Joe" that she almost left the show in 2008 because she was being paid so much less than her male colleagues.

Brzezinski recounts her fight about her pay disparity in her new book, "Knowing Your Value." She told her fellow panelists--including Nora Ephron and Norah O'Donnell, who are featured in the book--what happened.

"I had found out that I was the lowest paid at the table and sometimes by far," she said. "I didn't think I should be making more than any of you guys...but these [disparities] were vast." (How vast? In another interview, Brzezinski said she was making fourteen times less than co-host Joe Scarborough.) She said that she came to the conclusion that she was "at the bottom of the barrel inside because of the deal I had cut for myself."

Willie Geist asked her why she didn't walk away. "We fixed it," Brzezinski said.

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