Coming up this evening, Guest Host Week comes to a dramatic conclusion on "Piers Morgan Tonight," as television veteran Arsenio Hall pulls up a chair, and relives his glory days as an iconic late-night personality.
Filling in for Piers Morgan, Hall welcomes NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson for an entertaining and emotional sit down interview, as the two friends discuss HIV, basketball, and Broadway.
In November of 1991, Magic shocked the sports world – and the nation in general – when he revealed that he had tested positive for HIV. As difficult as that announcement was, the Hall of Famer says it was nothing compared to driving home, and telling his wife, Cookie:
"Arsenio, the worst ride of my life. Because when you make a mistake, it actually hurts other people," explains Johnson. "And, I was about to hurt the woman that I loved, my best friend, a person who had been in my corner through everything, thick and thin."
As the candid conversation continues, Hall asks Magic and Cookie about rumors that Mrs. Johnson slapped her husband upon hearing his confession. Magic's wife of more than 20 years says the story has been exaggerated:
"I just kind of tapped him on his face, I called it a love tap. It wasn't a knockout punch," says Cookie.
"A little harder than that," recalls Magic. "Oh yeah. I felt it. I felt her emotions, and we both started to cry at that time."
Tune is this evening at 9 p.m. EST/PST, as Magic Johnson talks about his goal of buying the LA Dodgers, and shares details of the upcoming Broadway play depicting his rivalry and friendship with Larry Bird.