In Monday's episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight," the host used his "Only in America" segment to size up the the tale of the tape from perhaps the most-heated border war the nation has ever known:
"In fact, it's the most-famous family feud in the history of this country," explained Piers Morgan. "The battle between the Hatfields and McCoys."
For nearly three decades in the late 1800's, the two families went to war over the Kentucky-West Virginia border. And everything that wasn't tied down, was up for grabs:
"The clans fought over land, over timber rights, even over a stolen hog," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host detailed. "Over a dozen people were killed, eight jailed, and one hanged."
Now, more than a century since the rivalry divided the Bluegrass State and Mountain State, it's made it's way to the Golden State, as the subject of a recent History Channel mini-series. After airing a clip featuring Kevin Costner as head of the Hatfields, Morgan revealed that the finale attracted more than 14 million viewers. But it's the non-fictional sequel that may be most dramatic:
"The descendants of the warring clans are turning tragedy into tourism with bus tours, re-enactments, even a marathon run pitting Hatfields against McCoys," Morgan shared.
However, the modern-day meshing of the two age-old rivals won't end with the suiting up for softball games:
"In the only true mark of success these days, producers are casting decendents of the once-mortal enemies to star in a proposed reality T.V. show together," revealed the host.
For a pair of families once dead-locked in drama, future generations have seemingly found a way to advance the plot:
"The story of the Hatfields and McCoys is a story of honor, justice, blood, and vengeance," described Morgan. "It's also a story of opponents who finally found a way to bury the hatchet, and not in each others heads."
Furthering the "Only in America" concept, Morgan would like to see the progress realized in Kentucky and West Virginia, make it's way to Washington, D.C.:
"If the Hatfields and McCoys could finally find peace, I reckon the Republicans and the Democrats could give it a go too."
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