The “Morning Joe” hosts were talking turkey the day after Thanksgiving, but all the viewers heard was bull.
“Day after Thanksgiving. Woo! I’m stuffed!” host Mika Brzezinski said to open the show.
“A great Thanksgiving,” Joe Scarborough replied before they both offered a few awkward chuckles.
The live MSNBC show — which airs five days a week — seemed normal at first, but a few fans were quick to notice it wasn’t unfolding in real-time.
The network did not indicate the show was taped a day ahead of the holiday, though the “Live” graphic typically on the screen had been removed, the Washington Post reported.
The second Friday segment maintained the post-holiday theme, with Brzezinski joking about how she “always cooks the turkey with the guts in it.”
“Joe didn’t notice. He ate the bag,” co-host Willie Geist added.
Scarborough also made mention of Thanksgiving football before pivoting to discuss the sexual assault allegations aimed at Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The broadcast was also paired with a news crawl, added after the show was taped Wednesday, which mentioned the deadly attack on an Egyptian Mosque. The hosts never referenced the story though, because it had yet to happen when they filmed.
The brutal strike left more than 300 dead and hundreds more injured.
A longtime viewer reached out to the Washington Post and questioned if the duo were sharing “fake news” as they were not covering the current events.
“I was quite flabbergasted by the way they were so deceptive about this … especially when they are always so quick to castigate lying or deception they attribute to others,” the unidentified viewer said.
An MSNBC executive confirmed with the newspaper that the program wasn’t live, but denied purposefully misleading those tuning in.
“There was no intention to trick viewers,” she said. “Would it have helped if there was a disclaimer? Maybe. But that’s not typically done.”