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July 5th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

Only In America: Hot dog eating contest

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to issue a frank commentary on the annual serving of gluttony that has quickly become an exercise in excess:

"From small town parades to big city fireworks, this great nation will celebrate Independence Day tomorrow and the traditions are numerous," opened Morgan. "Here's one July the Fourth custom that could literally ruin your Constitution for life. Yes, it's the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest."

Referring to the event as a "star spangled stomach ache," the host set the scene:

"Incredibly, 40,000 people will be in New York's Coney Island to watch grown men and women devour as many hot dogs as they can in just 10 minutes."

Introducing five-time reigning champion Joey Chestnut, Morgan rolled an interview clip from the man who "wolfed down 68 hot dogs" in his 2011 victory:

"I will do a practice contest. Then I'll fast for days, just drinking water," explained the competitive eating superstar. "I'll get a little heart burn, but Peptobysmal. My body is made for this. The doctor I'm going to now is an awesome doctor. He's a doctor feel good. He's on my side. He is - he likes that I monitor my diet. I monitor, I recover after every contest."

Precautions aside, Morgan recognizes the event's popularity, but still can't seem to swallow it's purpose: FULL POST

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July 5th, 2012
02:03 PM ET

Conan O'Brien on "Conan": "I'm doing exactly the show I want to do"

Last tonight Piers Morgan invited television host Conan O'Brien to take a turn in the guest's chair, as the two-time Emmy Award winner sat down for an exclusive face to face interview.

Having spent nearly two straight decades with his own show, on Monday evening the "Conan" host revealed what he deems to be his proudest accomplishment:

"This feels, to me, now, like a - a greater achievement, for me, anyway, because I'm doing exactly the show I want to do," he said, referring to his current program, as compared to a brief stint as host of 'The Tonight Show.' "I'm doing it with people that I love. And we get to do it our way and we're with these amazing partners at Turner."

On the backdrop of an admittedly awkward departure from NBC, O'Brien suggested that obstacles are a necessary part of any worthwhile endeavor: FULL POST

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July 5th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

Conan O'Brien on his biggest early critic's harsh words: "At the time it was devastating"

Tonight, Piers Morgan gets serious with the clever comic and late night legend Conan O’Brien in an in-depth exclusive interview.

O’Brien, who succeeded David Letterman on "Late Night" in 1993, encountered years of criticism. The host read an excerpt of Tom Shales review of O'Brien, written in the Washington Post but recited during O'Brien's commencement speech given at Harvard in 2000:

Shales wrote, “O’Brien is a living collage of annoying nervous habit ... he’s the host who should never have come.”

O’Brien said during the commencement speech that his failures were the stepping stones to success. In the interview with Morgan, O’Brien once again graciously responded to the insults: FULL POST

July 5th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Conan O'Brien on comedy: "The benchmark, for me, is trying to make my dad laugh or trying to make my brothers laugh at the table"

Coming up this evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" raises the bar – and lowers the chair – welcoming all six feet and four inches of comedian and talk show host Conan O'Brien for an exclusive face to face conversation.

Having had his own program for the better part of the last two decades, the 49-year-old O'Brien has invited a wide-ranging group of guests to join him on television. However, persuading him to appear across from another host, is no easy task:

"I've been trying to lure you for like, you know, 18 months," reveals Piers Morgan. "I had to appear on your show endlessly in a desperate attempt to - to lure you in."

"I don't do a lot because, think about it, I'm on television constantly. Since 1993, I'm on TV for a chunk of time every day," explains O'Brien. "I'm not looking for more ways to be on television."

Having begun his career as a writer for such programs as NBC's "Saturday Night Live," and FOX's "The Simpson's," the two-time Emmy Award winner recalls focusing on earning laughs at an early age: FULL POST

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