How did Piers Morgan land the exclusive live Charlie Sheen interview two weeks ago today? He writes about it today in his weekly Daily Mail column.
Before we get to the booking conversation, here's what Sheen had to say to Piers last week after he was fired: "‘This is great news!’ he chuckled. ‘I’m winning!'" Now about that winning conversation...
From the column, here's Piers' play-by-play:
‘I’m cool, dude, winning cool.’
‘I don’t know if you remember, but I once interviewed you in Aspen.’
He laughed. ‘I remember. That was a fun interview.’
‘It was, and you were very kind to agree to do it. I want to return the favour.’
‘OK, I’m listening – shoot.’
‘All these other interviews are making you look a bit crazy because of the way they’ve edited them. I think you should walk into my studio tonight, live, and let’s do a more sensible, calmer conversation about all this.’
‘Live, eh? That could be fun.’
‘Uncensored, unedited. You can say whatever you want to say. And it will air around the world, not just America.’ Charlie paused for thought.
‘OK, you’re on. Let’s roll with this.’
‘Great. Is this 100 per cent? Because if it is, I’ll stand down the other guests.’
‘One hundred per cent. I swear on my kids’ lives, I’ll be there.’
Piers also relayed one conversation that occurred during a commercial break:
In one fascinating moment, he watched me doing a tease halfway through the show for my colleague Anderson Cooper’s Libya special coming up afterwards. In the break that followed, Charlie shook his head.
‘This is so ****ed up, man – how can I be news with all this **** going on?’
Read the full column here.