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She revealed in the 2010 book that she was on the verge of quitting her job at Morning Joe because of the huge difference in her paycheck and her male co-anchor, Joe Scarborough. After years of struggling for higher pay, Mika found out that Joe was earning 14 times more than her from their show.
During her keynote at the Tuck Initiative for Women Symposium, Mika said, "It’s incredible that Joe told me his salary—otherwise I wouldn’t have gotten a sense of how undervalued a position I’d put myself in." She also said that women needn't undersell themselves during negotiations.
She decided to leave the show, but Joe asked MSNBC to quietly transfer his bonuses to her account. Mika found out eventually, which inspired her to ask for a raise herself. "I went in to our boss and had the conversation I should’ve had at the beginning, and he fixed things. It was that authentic, real, tough, powerful conversation that led to the change," she told the audience at the Tuck School of Business.
A few months later, she was offered a new contract with a significantly higher salary, but she still earns less than Joe. Mika reportedly earns $2 million a year.