On Wednesday evening, Guest Host Week rolled on for "Piers Morgan Tonight," as advertising executive and television veteran Donny Deutsch pulled up a chair, sharing his unique blend of insight and entertainment.
Filling in for Piers Morgan who is on assignment across the pond, Deutsch sat down with journalist Meredith Vieira, alongside her husband Richard Cohen, and also welcomed actor Michael J. Fox to the program.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, Fox has since become a leading activist for research towards finding a cure. During the show, Deutsch aired a video segment from 2006, in which radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggested Fox exagerates his symptoms and condition for political and dramatic effect.
While Fox encourages discussion and debate around his message, he does take issue with an attack on his charcter:
"To have it summarily knocked down and marginalized on the basis of personalities, on the basis of he didn't like the way I delivered the message, and so his bullying instincts is to shut down and marginalize that voice, that's another thing altogether."
Later on the program meanwhile, Vieira and Cohen shared with Deutsch an honest and candid perspective on living with multiple sclerosis. A three-time Emmy award-winning CBS News journalist, Cohen was diagnosed with the disease nearly forty years ago, and offers insight into his illness:
"There are no heroes, there are no medals. A good life, a happy life, a successful life, a great family, a career, are their own rewards."
By the time Vieira met Cohen, he'd already been diagnosed. She says his disease never dictated her decisions:
"My attitude was, I cared about this person. You can get hit by a bus tomorrow, nobody knows what's going to happen. I let my emotion guide me, and my heart guide me, and I'll never regret it."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Wednesday constituted a one-time only edition of "Donny Deutsch Tonight."