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May 22nd, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Marion Jones reflects on prison life; Newt Gingrich on Mitt Romney

On Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" got out of the blocks in a hurry, welcoming former Olympic Champion Marion Jones for her first primetime interview since serving prison time.

After capturing five medals in Sydney in 2000, Jones was forced to forfeit her achievements and accolades after ultimately admitting to using performance enhancing drugs.

A perjury charge landed her in jail, hardly the finish line she had once strived for:

"I think to put things in perspective, when I was a child, I used to always want so bad for my name to be written in the paper, for my accomplishments, of course," said Jones. "My reality now is sometimes I don't want it written in the paper."

Also on Monday, meanwhile, host Piers Morgan welcomed former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

On the heels of recent commentary focused around Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, Gingrich offered his unique insight, supporting private equity, and questioning the tactics of the incumbent:

"I am very surprised that President Obama went down this road," revealed Gingrich in an exclusive interview. "We found out when we got in a fight with Mitt Romney over this that it didn't work. That people understand free enterprise. People realized sometimes you succeed, sometimes you fail."

Noting the current status of the economy, the former House Speaker continued to condemn Obama's strategy:

"How can you be the president with the worst unemployment record since the Great Depression, the longest period of deep unemployment since the 1930's, and pick a fight over job creation?"

Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Jones and Gingrich each join Monday's program for honest exclusives, covering everything from the race for gold, to the race for the White House.

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  1. Mary Fisher

    All private equity is not equal. Bain was interested in profits only and they suck the life out of everything they touched leaving American workers unemployed. All assets ripped off and the jobs sent to foreign lands Romney's profits deposited off shore to avoid taxes

    May 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ECJ

    Piers Morgan's interview with Marion Jones is one of the worst I've ever seen. It was a supreme case of beating a dead horse and ridiculous redundancy in asking predictable, trite questions of Marion Jones' demise. So little was asked about from this point on – and what since she's been out. So many of "when was the worst moment"...."what was the worst moment after that worst moment"...and "when was the worst moment after the worst moment after the worst moment"? Piers – where is your depth? Why so one dimensional? Would you have interviewed Martha Stewart like this? Pathetic!

    May 28, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. George

    I was surprised at the interview too...Piers basically set out to abuse Marion...Piers was the prosecutor..Marion actually pleaded with him to talk a bit about the better times... but it seems piers had his own axe to was a shameful performance...I was wondering why Marion was on the show anyway... people go to that show to sell books and concert what was in it for Marion?.. just to be beaten by the crude and cruel Brit with overinflated ego??? what a shame...!!

    May 28, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Ross Sutter

    Were we watching the same interview? I thought just the opposite. Piers was tough but Marion was brilliant. I couldn't take my eyes off of her and thought everything that came out of her mouth was candid, full of energy and right on the mark. NBC should be hiring her as soon as possible. Her point of view would be so welcome–youthful and with such deep knowledge and insight.

    August 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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