Where’s Luke Russert? ‘Maybe he’s, um, Busy!’

NBC’s Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert received a roasting on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” early this morning. He wasn’t answering his phone as producers tried to reach him live on air at 6:10 a.m.

Mika wanted to talk about his heated exchange with Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) from yesterday on Capitol Hill – she remarked he had done a good job while Rangel insulted him and NBC.

But where was Luke? The “Morning Joe” round table bounced around theories of why the young reporter wasn’t answering the phone.

“Come on, it was Thursday night, Luke was out celebrating!” said one producer.

“Luke got home from cafe Milano an hour ago!” said Mort Zuckerman, Editor of U.S. News & World Report.

“He’s a red-blooded young man,” added guest and advertising exec Donny Deutsch. “Maybe he’s, um, busy!”

“No way,” said Mika. “He’s a reporter, he should be awake, he should be sleeping with his BlackBerry next to his face!”

Mika instructed producers to keep calling him, adding, “I’m not impressed.”

(For future reference: Maybe Russert needs the above gong alarm clock?)

The outcome? Find out after the jump…

Russert was reached at 6:28 a.m. He described how fellow reporters complimented him on his composure.”Ok,” said Mika, “We’ll talk to you later, now go back to bed and get over your hangover.”

Russert’s protests were drowned out by the next segment.

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