Roughly 24 hours taking the proverbial "ride of his life," on Monday evening Chris Kreis agreed to another exciting journey, that as a guest of "Piers Morgan Live."
On Sunday, the 19-year-old Floridian sprang from his parents' boat, and hitched himself a 20 second voyage on the back of a 30-foot whale shark. On Monday, he faced off with an equally intimidating creature:
"What the hell were you thinking?" asked Piers Morgan, as Kreis joined the program live from Fort Myers, Fla.
"It's always been one of my lifelong dreams to actually be in the water with one of them," said Kreis of the great 50,000 pound beast. "I took it, I jumped in, and I grabbed on to its fin and it took me for a little short ride which was an experience of a lifetime."
Captured on video, the teens stunt is not illegal, but it is controversial, as human contact can be harmful to the whale shark. Nonetheless, Sunday's Gulf of Mexico joyride left the guest with an experience he'll likely treasure:
With CNN's brand new program "Inside Man" set to debut this Sunday, on Monday evening Piers Morgan invited his namesake and new colleague Morgan Spurlock to join him in studio for a live interview.
The host and producer of the original series, Spurlock will spend each of his eight episode's offering a "deep-dive into pressing issues facing the U.S." This weekend's premier episode covers the medical marijuana industry, and appearing on "Piers Morgan Live," he offered some of his advanced insights:
"What I was really intrigued by is the number of people who came in there, who for years had been strung out on countless medication," he says, speaking of his stint as an employee inside a California medical marijuana dispensary. "We live in a country that medicates everything. You go to a doctor, suddenly we're going to give you a pill for whatever the problem may be."
Spurlock detailed cases in which the marijuana helped those who took it as directed:
"There were people who were on six, seven different medications, that once they started going to the clinic, taking whatever cannabis they were prescribed by the doctor, suddenly they're off all this medication. Soldiers who were coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan who were so medicated they couldn't even function around their family members, couldn't even connect with them. Now suddenly can have a life back."
Though allowing that such an example is a positive, the man behind "Super Size Me" also explained what one might describe as the problems with pot:
Roughly seven months since making an imaginably difficult decision, on Monday evening Piers Morgan invited Bill and Tricia Lammers to offer their unique, first-hand perspective on guns and mental health.
Last November, the Lammers' son Blaec was arrested, and presently faces three felony counts: first degree assault, making a terrorist threat, and armed criminal action. And it was Bill and Tricia that alerted authorities.
Fearful their son would take his own life – or harm others – after discovering a receipt for an assault weapon, the Lammers made the only choice they could:
"Our intention was not to go have Blake arrested. Our intention was to warn the local authorities that our son, who everybody knew, because he'd been in and out of the hospital several times, now has an AR-15 in his possession," Bill explained to the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "We didn't know that he was going to be picked up and the confession and the plot that he had told the detective, we didn't know anything about that, we just wanted to warn the authorities that we thought it was unsafe for our son to have this weapon out in the community."
Despite suffering from depression for many years, Blaec never received a clear diagnosis. The day she spoke up about her son, Tricia's only goal was to protect him: FULL POST
Roughly 24 hours since going on the proverbial "ride of his life," on Monday evening Chris Kreis will join Piers Morgan with all the details.
On Sunday, the 19-year-old Floridian sprang from his parents boat, hitching a 20 second voyage on the back of a 30-foot whale shark.
The great 50,000 pound beast was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico when Kreis decided to go along for the ride. Captured on video, the teens stunt is not illegal, but it controversial, as human contact can be harmful.
Tune in this evening at 9 as Morgan welcomes Kreis for a live interview, during which the Florida teen will explain the circumstances that led to him leaping out of his boat, and climbing aboard a creature whose size is similar to that of a school bus.
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Whether your prefer pop culture, tech, sports, or missing dead mob bosses, it's been an interesting start to the work week. Here now, a handful of stories that have us scratching – and nodding – our heads on this Monday, June 17, 2013 -
Tonight on "Piers Morgan Live," country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus sits down to discuss his new book “Hillbilly Heart” and the struggles of living in the spotlight. Cyrus himself has experienced the ups and downs of the “rocket ride” to stardom, and his daughter, Miley Cyrus’s journey to stardom is a reminder of how hard that journey can be.
“In this business, the higher you go, the further you fall,” says Cyrus, but he reminds Piers that “there’s a good side of it, that anything you can dream, you can be, have or do, and it can go really, really high. But the bad news is, as Kris Kristofferson said to me, 'the turkey with the longest neck is going to be the one everybody is shooting at.'” FULL POST
Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan invites actor, comedian, and fellow British television personality Russell Brand to join him in studio for a face to face, no holds barred conversation that covers everything from loves and laughter, to guns and the use of very, very big words.
A return "Piers Morgan Live" guest, Brand finds himself facing a most unusual question:
"What was it like kissing Alec Baldwin?," asks Morgan, referring to the pair's infamous "Rock of Ages" on-screen smooch:
"He's got big strong, alpha tendencies and he was very wise. And kissing him, it seemed like a very natural thing to do. Like, at the beginning, I was worried about it, because it's not my particular persuasion. But by the end, I was glad of it," Brand reveals.
Taking note of his favorite form of social media, the host reviews one of Brand's 140 character offerings:
"You did tweet, "Is it now legal to do a gay marriage in New York City, Alec Baldwin," says the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "Carpe diem."
Showing his love for language, and Latin, the guest offers his own definition: FULL POST
As Friday represents the precise six month mark since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, this evening Piers Morgan welcomes Harry Connick Jr., a man with a deeply personal connection to the tragedy.
A three-time Grammy Award winner, Connick Jr. lives in Connecticut, and tonight he reveals how he learned about the events in Newtown, and how they touched him directly:
"I was actually watching CNN when it was going down. And I was watching the journalists in front of the school and I saw a familiar face walk behind her. And I told my wife, I paused it. I said 'That's Jimmy.' And she came in and we were both horrified - came to find out that he had lost his little girl," shares the father of three. "Some time passed. I had been in communication with Jimmy and was profoundly saddened myself by it and wrote a song ['Love Wins'], basically honoring Ana Grace [Marquez-Greene], but, also the idea of ultimately no matter the tragedy, love is going to conquer."
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" for a primetime exclusive, the 45-year-old singer and actor opens up about the conversations he's shared with his grieving bandmate: FULL POST
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With Friday marking exactly six months since the devastating school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Thursday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invites Jillian Soto and Theresa Rousseau to place America's gun culture into context, and to speak to the notion that assault weapon sales have increased since Sandy Hook:
"It just shows you how screwed up this country has become and how you can see someone walked into an elementary school and used that gun to kill 20 six and seven year olds," says Soto, whose sister Vicki [Soto] was one of the six teacher murdered on December 14. "It just shows how awful things are and how badly we need change. How badly we need to do something about this before another crazed man walks into an elementary school and opens fire."
Lauren Rousseau was another one of the Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers killed by Adam Lanza, and half a year since, her mother continues to fight for stricter laws in hopes of limiting future firearm death and violence: FULL POST