Joe Scarborough’s Illness: Where Is He Now?

Joe Scarborough has been open about suffering from depression and anxiety. The popular TV host also struggles with muscle atrophy challenges, fatigue, and tiredness. Despite Joe Scarborough’s illness, he currently co-hosts Morning Joe with his wife, Mika Brzezinski, and is allegedly working on a new project. 

Rumors of Scarborough’s ill health started With his frequent absences from Morning Joe On MSNBC. The notions were further propelled by the fact that his family and close associates had, on many occasions, acknowledged that he may be sick. His appearances of donning facemasks on the show further raised suspicion that he could be infected with COVID-19. However, Joe Scarborough has not made any public statement about his current health status. Here’s all we know.

Is Joe Scarborough Sick?

Currently, Joe Scarborough shows no signs of being ill, and he still anchors the Morning Joe show. Details of Scarborough’s present health status remain sketchy and uncertain because there has been no statement from him saying he is sick or has a health breakdown. However, his family and colleagues have publicly acknowledged that he may be sick.

Also, the former House of Representatives member has admitted to losing weight significantly because he struggles with a poor appetite, which has made it hard for him to maintain a healthy diet. In past years, Scarborough publicly revealed that he was suffering from muscle atrophy challenges. But he said the health issue has improved with some physical therapy sessions. Furthermore, his tiredness and fatigue have limited his working energy considerably.

The severity of these symptoms and other health challenges he has admitted to struggling with has further made people suspect that he could be battling with a very serious health condition. His silence over the “medical procedures” he has undergone has made people doubt if he truly is fine.

Update on Joe Scarborough’s Illness

As said before, Joe Scarborough has not made any public announcement about his health, which has kept many in the dark. However, he is fine at the moment. But, he still struggles with depression and anxiety. 2003 was very challenging for him. He struggled with a cardiac arrest and was in and out of the hospital. Five bypass surgeries were done on him before his health was restored.


Joe Scarborough temporarily departed the show in November 2017, saying that he was taking the time off to recover from a “medical procedure.” After being sick for days, he returned to the show by appreciating his fans for their concerns about his health, saying that though it had been overwhelming, he and his family were deeply moved by the show of support. At the same time, he gave no details about how the “medical procedure” went.

Where is Joe Scarborough Today?

At present, Joe Scarborough still co-hosts Morning Joe on MSNBC. Previously, the popular TV anchor went on a break on 31 July 2023 because he wanted to spend time with his family and focus on his health. He returned to hosting the show on 2 August 2023.


Again, viewers of Morning Joe observed that Scarborough was absent from hosting the show towards the end of August. He was missing from 28 August 2023 to 3 September 2023.

These frequent absences have further raised suspicions that he may be working on a new project. However, this has not been confirmed, as there is no concrete evidence to back up the claims. On the other hand, many believe that the reason for his absences is due to his health challenges.

Why Did Joe Scarborough Leave Politics?

Joe Scarborough left partisan politics in 2017 to become independent. Before this, the former Republican had in May 2001 resigned his membership in the United States House of Representatives because he wanted to spend more time with his children. This happened barely five months into his fourth term in Congress.

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