On MSNBC Thursday, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough commented on Glenn Beck’s declaration that he was a rodeo clown.

“You know what, I’ve been tough on Glenn Beck in the past. But I respect the hell out of him,” Scarborough said, noting that Beck makes $90 million a year.

“He’s the highest paid rodeo clown in America and I wish I were that well paid,” he added frankly.

Earlier in the program, however, Scarborough said that there were enough Republicans running around grabbing headlines.

“There are enough people like that,” he said, after referring to fire-brand conservatives. “There are enough politicians like Ted Cruz.”

Scarborough suggested that it was time for more intellectuals in the Republican party – referring to Newt Gingrich and Charles Krauthammer.

“Let’s have an intellectual battle inside the party and stop being rodeo clowns,” he said.