Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” shut down an on-air interview Thursday with “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff after he denied previously suggesting that President Donald Trump had an affair with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
“I’m going to go as far as to say, you might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this, but you’re slurring a woman,” Brzezinski told Wolff before abruptly ending the interview. “It’s disgraceful.”
Rumors about Haley and Trump swirled after Wolff said last month on an episode of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” that he was “absolutely sure” the president was having an affair. He said people should be able deduce who Trump was romantically involved with from a specific paragraph in “Fire and Fury” ― his controversial tell-all book about the White House.
Wolff’s comments sent the internet ablaze, with readers pointing to the line: “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.”
Haley called the rumors “absolutely not true” in an interview with Politico last week.
Wolff “says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future,” Haley said. “I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.”
Brzezinski wasn’t the only one to go after Wolff during the segment Thursday. Susan Del Percio, a political strategist and panelist on the show, called Wolff’s actions “so irresponsible.”
But Wolff claimed he didn’t fuel the speculation about Haley.
“I didn’t go after her,” he said. “And secondly, certainly what I meant is that I found it puzzling that she would deny something she was not accused of ... Certainly, I didn’t accuse her of this.”
When asked if he regrets “inferring anything” about Haley, Wolff denied that he had ever done so.
“What I inferred is that ... many of the people around the president believe he is still involved with various women,” Wolff said.
But Brzezinski wasn’t buying Wolff’s defense.
″You’re on the set of ‘Morning Joe’ ― we don’t b.s. here,” she said. “If you don’t get it, and you don’t get what we’re talking about, I’m sorry, this is awkward, you’re here on the set with us, but you’re done.”
After Thursday’s heated interview, Wolff attacked Brzezinski, as well as Joe Scarborough, her “Morning Joe” co-host and fiance, in a series of tweets.
Wolff previously denied instigating the Haley rumors during an interview with theSkimm on Wednesday and claimed the U.N. ambassador appeared to have “embraced” the rumors.
“All she does is hammer on this fact,” he said. “If I were being accused of something, and I’m not accusing her of anything ― I mean she hasn’t tried to avoid this, let’s say ... The book doesn’t accuse her. I didn’t accuse her.”
This story has been updated to include additional comments from Wolff.