Disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer fought back tears on "Morning Joe" Tuesday, when co-host Mika Brzezinski challenged him to explain how he has changed since being forced out of office six years ago following revelations he patronized high-priced prostitutes.

“Don’t give me a pat answer, don’t give me one you prepare in your mind,” Brzezinski added curtly.

“A lot of pain,” Spitzer said blinking back tears. “A lot of pain.”

“That’s it?” asked Brzezinski.

“Yeah,” Spitzer replied. “You go through that pain, you change.”