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June 19th, 2012
02:01 PM ET

Only In America: Hatfields and McCoys, then and now

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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  1. Gloria

    Can someone tell me why in the heck Piers Morgan can't shut up! I love interview shows on the day's topical issues, but he interrupts, asks questions that go on ad nauseum, and seems to love the sound of his own voice. Is he aware that we watch to see what the current person in the news has to say, not listen to Morgan?? He needs to watch old Larry King tapes and note how little King actually spoke, and when he did so, it was short, sweet, and to the point. I want to hear what the interviewee has to say, but Morgan barely lets us. Just as a guest might get into a topic, Morgan interrupts and doesn't allow him or her finish the thought or sentence.One of the poorest interviewers I've ever seen who, rather than listen, seems to be waiting until he can pounce in and add his own thoughts/opinions. It's maddening! So I change the channel.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ruppert Murdock

      I'm surprised that Piers hasn't Hacked into any Hatfield or McCoy cell phones yet like he did when he worked for me! 😉

      June 20, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kenb

      Maybe you should look at the length of your question/comment before criticizing someone for being too verbose.

      June 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 1zb1

    So now you have gotten to using the food columnist (who has an eating disorder) to provide insight into the national politic. Your show has gotten dumber and dumber. If you had any vision at all you would see vision as clear as day. Please go back to judging mindless talent shows. And on your way out the door take that fool Ramsey with you. If you want to know what CNN is going down the tubes its thanks to fools like you, but don't dispair, I'm sure you can get a job back working with Murdock and his corrupt enterprise.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tired'ocrap

      Maybe if he's lucky & starts feeling that "tingle", MSNBC would offer him a position in their prime-time lineup of party propaganda & flat out BS used to keep the Kool-aid drinkers in line.

      They have to do something quick cause a large number of the zombies are waking up to the fact that earning a living is far superior to making excuses, blaming the 1% & whining about why they can't find a job, (as they wander through China-mart loading up on "bargains").

      What's really sad is there aren't enough hours in the day to explain the irony of that last statement to the average MSNBC "drinker".

      June 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • 1zb1

        "tired'ocrap" You seem to have missed the point. if you want to talk about drinking koolaid i suggest you go back to Fox-NoNews run by crooked Murdock.

        June 20, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tired'ocrap

      Every last "media outlet" is corrupted in one way or another as they all have an agenda to promote. Likewise, Congress is fixated on keeping their jobs while the Administration is hell-bent on redesigning the country to suit their Orwellian image.

      Both Fox and MSNBC should be applauded for at least wearing their agenda on their sleeve, (as opposed to CNN, NPR, etc who still spin everything on the art of wordsmithing to keep the progressive candle lit.

      MSNBC however, stands-out above all others by pushing the envelope every evening with a level of shear garbage that it has to be watched with the same level of twisted indulgence as one would apply to reviewing video of a fatal car crash.

      There is no better example of fanning the flame of mindless partisanism simply for the sake of self-promotion.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • x-uaw

        You are wasting your time here.

        I worked with these guys for 30 years and they are never going to change. Drive their riceburner to work and stand around griping about the company insted of actually doing something about it. Now their only skill is how to login to the MARVIN site and collect what they think they deserve.

        It's gonna be a long time and many generations before the people wake up & figure out it's not sombody elses fault.

        June 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • 1zb1

        tired'ocrap... not sure what planet you are living on but no one – i mean NO ONE – comes close to lying, misleading, manipulating, and misrepresenting the facts then the Fox Newless News Channel run by Rupert Murdock's criminal empire. What you don't like is MSNBC calls them out on it.

        The problem with CNN is they think they are supposed to pander to the rightwing nut jobs with equal time – actually more time instead of calling them on their lunacy.

        June 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        1zb1 has mistaken BSNBC's blatant disregard for investigative journalism as something he/she calls "calling them out on it."
        This is the typical liberal response to any form of question with substance. They always decry Fox News when they have nothing intelligent to offer in response.
        There is enough hypocricy on both sides of the aisle here to last an eternity.
        Just look at the Fast and Furious debacle going on right now. Obama himself called out Bush when he issued an E.P. order relating to Karl Rove and now he himself is issuing an E.P. order for something that demands transparency to far greater degree. Karl Rove never killed anybody. He simply was involved in people losing their jobs, which the President had every right to do.
        The Fast and Furious ended in the deaths of many people.
        To deny the American people the right to see the evidence is akin to obstruction of justice. I hope Congress doesn't let him get away with it.

        June 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. worldcares

    As long as we have a two party government, the comparison to the Hatfields and the McCoys fits.
    Good point Pierce.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Maja V

    Let's see here: Over a thirty year period two clans went to "war". The result was "Over a dozen people were killed, eight jailed, and one hanged."

    The hype of this story defies all sense of perspective. Every day in Texas 12 people are murdered and hundreds are jailed. As far as those god awful hangings... Texas executes plenty.

    I think the fallout of the Murdoch-Morgan-Brooks Cabal will likely take down more than all the Hatfields and McCoys.

    Any chance Morgan will get Daddy Murdoch or Ms. Brooks for an exclusive interview?

    Surely the Murdoch demise is much more relevant and legendary than those paltry hillbillies we love to glamorize.

    Morgan and Brooks resorted to hillbilly tactics to fluff their careers that will ultimately fold.

    The sooner the better.

    "Morgan, your fired!"

    That is what I want to hear!

    June 20, 2012 at 7:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. mikrik13

    Who give a doodle about what the snobbish limey thinks. Seems a few "border wars" exist in past and present Jolly ol' too. Go with what you know, Piers ol' man. But then, your air time would be dead. I still can't believe they picked you to follow Larry King.

    June 20, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. billybob

    I like cheese!!

    June 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. roadrunner131

    This arrogant stuffed shirt has absolutely no redeeming qualities. "Only in America"? Piers, you need to go back to school and study great Britain History. Hatfields and McCoys pale in comparison. By the way Piers, how are your ratings?

    June 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • billybobunghole

      his ratings are worse than his teeth.

      June 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. driveless

    CNN I think its time you hire more American Anchors or Show Hosts! Just retarded listening some British guy talk about American History and politics. Actually its quite insulting!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Your map is incorrect!!!

    You may want to check your atlas. The "Virginia" label is clearly in North Carolina. Further, the "West Virginia" label covers as much of Virginia as it does West Virginia. You may also want to note that about 40-50% of the highlighted area is actually in the state of Virginia, not West Virginia. Who is running your GIS department? This is 4th grade geography.

    June 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. WorldCares

    Anyone who has done Genealogy and studied the maps, know they changed. That is very important and I commend
    "Your map is incorrect!!!" , for pointing this out.

    June 21, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply

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