Morning Joe's Donny Deutsch Previously Wrote About Sexual Fantasies With Female Coworkers

New MSNBC host: having women to flirt with 'stimulates me in business'

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May 3, 2019

Frequent MSNBC guest Donny Deutsch, who previously wrote about fantasies with female coworkers, will be hosting his own MSNBC show on Saturday nights.

Deutsch, who appeared on MSNBC's Deadline: White House Thursday, spoke briefly about his new show, Saturday Night Politics With Donny Deutsch, which will premier this Saturday at 8 p.m. One of his first big interviews will be with Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a leading Democratic presidential candidate.

The former advertising executive has frequently appeared on MSNBC shows such as Morning Joe and Deadline: White House, but he also has described how he "exude[s] sex" in the workplace and fantasizes about female colleagues, which he documented in his 2005 book Often Wrong, Never In Doubt.

In the chapter "It All Comes Back to Babes," Deutsch highlights how he conducts business relationships with women, saying, "Part of my job in all business relationships is some sort of seduction."

"If it's with a guy, we might talk football; if an attractive young woman is involved, I might exude sex. I'll work it. You use what you have. I'm in shape, I'm decent enough looking, and for a CEO of a large company I'm more dynamic than most," he wrote. "I find that often works to my advantage, but sometimes not. With women it's usually a positive."

Deutsch also talks about sex in advertising, where he compared the sex appeal of Republican and Democratic presidencies. He said the Jimmy Carter era had "more than enough lust on the ad pages in Playboy," but said sex was "proper" during the Reagan era, adding, "You knew in some strange way that Nancy and Ronnie were getting down."

"You weren't sure about Bill and Hillary, but you knew that Bill was getting some; he was a sexy president, as was revealed, and the advertising kept pace," Deutsch wrote. "Both the Bushes, 41 and 43, had a neutered sense about them. George the First was actually made manly by rumors of an extramarital affair... George W., so little boyish dressed in his flight suit, doesn't seem to have a sexual bone in his body. He gets on the treadmill and is in his bed by nine o'clock."

Deutsch questioned how then-First Lady Laura Bush and former First Ladies Mamie Eisenhower and Lady Bird Johnson affected the "tone and the sexuality of the country as a whole," saying they had "the pretty veneer and absolute sexlessness of a Stepford Wife." He also attributed the "subdued" nature of sex in advertising during the millennium on George W. Bush being in the White House and the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Deutsch expanded on his positive view that extramarital affairs were part of the lifestyle of "men in power," in the chapter "Women Are Muses," which he repeatedly gloated about. He praised Clinton and other Democratic presidents who were known philanderers.

"We acted shocked when we find that throughout history, men in power have been womanizers: FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, Bill Clinton," Deutsch wrote in the book. "I would argue that this goes hand in hand with the personality type. Why do we expect men who are conquerors to stop conquering when it comes to women? If in ancient times you were conquering new worlds, or in the modern era you are buying up companies, why would that impulse go away? It's more surprising when things don't work out that way."

The Washington Free Beacon previously reported on multiple excerpts from the "Women Are Muses" chapter in Deutsch's book that described in detail his interactions with women at his advertising firm.

"I don't think there's been a day in my business career when there hasn't been some woman at work that I fantasized about," Deutsch wrote in his chapter "Women Are Muses."

"People come by the office, look around and say, ‘Boy, the men and women at Deutsch are very physically attractive,'" Deutsch continued. "Now obviously we hire supremely competent and talented people, but the idea of some woman that I'm excited to see or flirt with or even just think about stimulates me in business."

"I cannot remember a time in my career when I was not having either a flirtation with a woman in the office, or a friendship, a fantasy, or all of the above. I am at my best when women are there to energize and excite me," he wrote.

Deutsch, who called President Donald Trump a "sociopath" back in 2017, praised Trump at the end of the chapter, saying he was an "expert" at women. One of the anecdotes in the book revolved around an encounter during a shooting of an episode of The Apprentice, Trump's former reality show.

Deutsch described the cast as "large, small, leggy, busty, black, white" and said Trump told him, "It's all about the babes." The Free Beacon also previously reported that Deutsch called disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein his "buddy" and that he told him to get in shape because "what fun is it knowing that all the chicks want to sleep with you for one reason only? Takes the fun out of it." Over 80 women accused Weinstein in 2017, 2018 of sexual harassment, assault, and rape dating back decades.