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July 12th, 2012
10:22 PM ET

Buzz Bissinger on Joe Paterno: "In my mind not only does he have no legacy left, he was a bad man"

As findings from a recent Penn State investigation were revealed on Thursday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited well-known journalist Buzz Bissinger to share his perspective on the case of sexual abuse at the school, and the university's response.

Reviewing the results of the search conducted by ex-FBI chief Louis Freeh, the author of "Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" reacted to the way Jerry Sandusky had been protected by the Penn State leadership:

"They bent over backwards not only to cover up the sexual abuse of Jerry Sandusky, but to take care of Jerry Sandusky, to make sure he was insured for in retirement," said Bissinger, of the man recently found guilty on 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse. "To give him a pension payment – unprecendeted in Penn State history – to give him keys to all the buildings, to give him his own office. They didn't give a damn ever about any of those kids."

As the discussion turned to former Nittany Lion head football coach Joe Paterno, Bizzinger felt the lack of action off the field rendered any of his wins or championships meaningless: FULL POST

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July 12th, 2012
08:37 PM ET

John Leguizamo on immigration: "That's like Nazi Germany time...it's terrifying"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes comedien and actor John Leguizamo for an entertaining and enlightening face to face interview.

Well-known for his role in such films as "Romeo + Juliet" and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar," Leguizamo was born in Colombia, and traces his family roots back to a handful of different countries. Having, in many respects, realized the "American Dream," the 47-year-old admits to being bothered by immigration issues plaguing various communities and cultures:

"It's terrifying, I mean, that they think that it's OK to take kids out of schools, to - to stop a - a person and profile them because they look Latin. If you happen to be Latin, they're going to stop you and check you for papers," he tells Piers Morgan. "I don't think that's cool. That's like Nazi Germany time. It's terrifying. And - and - and it may - it saddens me that I'm in this country and I love this country and that they would treat my people that way. It's disheartening."

A self-professed fan of the president, the star voice from the "Ice Age" movie franchise wishes the incumbent had some help from others in Washington, D.C.: FULL POST

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July 12th, 2012
06:27 PM ET

Only In America: Catch of the Day

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to tell the tale of one the country's most relaxing and revered pastimes: fishing.

But on the heels of his dramatic visit with guest Robert Blake, the host classified the story as "suitably unpredictable, crazy and potentially dangerous event, perfectly in keeping with the kind of interview you've just witnessed."

It all begins harmlessly enough, with what Morgan described "a charming vignette, the type you'd see on small fishing decks all over America in this summer."

As video rolls, the viewer joins a young woman, with line in the water, off the coast of South Carolina. Noticing the familiar tug, she begins to reel in her catch:

"The trouble is, this isn't just any old nibble," revealed the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "This is about as far removed from a normal, little nibble, as any fisherman could possibly imagine..." FULL POST

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July 12th, 2012
04:41 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Tonight" Audio Podcast is back

You've asked, and we've answered!

The world-renowned "Piers Morgan Tonight" audio podcast is back, available free through CNN's subscribe page, and on itunes.

From Morgan's infamous "Only in America" segment, to the famed "Piers Morgan Interview" with the biggest names in news, culture, and media, the podcast – an audio version of the entire show – is updated every weekday, available to be downloaded or streamed.

"Piers Morgan Tonight" airs every day in the U.S. at 9 p.m., and in more than 200 countries worldwide on CNN International.

The recently relaunched podcast: just one more way that "Piers Morgan Tonight" leads the trend as one of televisions most-social cable news shows.
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July 12th, 2012
02:21 PM ET

How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Robert Blake

On Wednesday, Robert Blake gave an exclusive interview, speaking face to face with "Piers Morgan Tonight's" own Piers Morgan.

In a riveting, and often combative conversation, the 78-year-old cursed his way through Morgan’s questions- ranting about everything from the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, to his estrangement from Barbara Walters.

But on the heels of yesterday's fascinating sit down, how did the rest of the media world react to the exclusive?

» The Hollywood Reporter noted the interview "turned volatile" as Blake lashed out.

» Mediaite tuned in to the "choice words" Blake used when describing those ‘rotten, bastard cops’ who arrested him.

» The Telegraph highlighted Blake's use of the term "con artist" when describing his dead wife.

» USA TOday described Blake as "feisty" and "ticked" at Piers Morgan.

» The Atlantic Wire calls the interview "The Stuff of Legend."
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July 12th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Robert Blake on his wife's murder: "It's not the most significant thing in my life"

Last night Piers Morgan conducted a candid and at times combative interview with actor Robert Blake. Blake, who starred in “Baretta” and “In Cold Blood” recently released his memoir, “Tales of a Rascal,” but the conversation quickly turned to his murdered wife.

The former star, who was tried and acquitted for Bonny Lee Bakley's 2001 murder, became pugnacious when the host attempted to discuss the night of her death.

“What the hell are you doing?” Blake shouted.

Morgan attempted to assuage the actor by taking out his ear piece and assuring him there was no one coaching him to ask certain questions- an accusation Blake had earlier hurled at him.

“There is nobody talking to me,” Morgan said holding up his ear piece. “These are my questions for you.”

However the entertainer remained irate— not answering the question and ordering Morgan to instead tell him the events of the night. After the host reviewed a few of the details leading up to her murder, Blake and Morgan engaged in a bizarre and heated dialogue.

“Well, it sounds boring as hell, but go ahead,” Blake said bluntly.

“I don't think it's boring,” Morgan asserted. “Your wife got murdered.”

Blake then said that it was the questions themselves that were boring and people didn’t care.

The host replied that Blake had come on the show to promote the story of his life and this was probably the most significant part of his life. Blake again responded shockingly: FULL POST

July 12th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Robert Blake on his sanity and troubled relationship with his parents

On last night's "Piers Morgan Tonight", Piers Morgan sat down with the very outrageous Robert Blake for an hour-long in-depth interview. During the exclusive interview, Morgan asked Blake "Do you think you have your full sanity?" to which he responded, "The truth is I think I'm sort of a mutation, or a sub-species."

"I think if I was born 10,000 years ago, I would have taken two or three people, gun off and started another tribe."

Blake also talked about his troubled relationship with his parents and their lack of affection towards him. "They didn't even talk to me," said Blake. "They paid more attention to a dog than they paid to me."

Watch the clip and listen to the interview as Blake reveals more about his difficult life.
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Need to Know News: Report says Penn State officials concealed Sandusky's activities;  Police say at least 9 dead in French avalanche
July 12th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Need to Know News: Report says Penn State officials concealed Sandusky's activities; Police say at least 9 dead in French avalanche

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For July 12, 2012 – Penn State officials concealed Jerry Sandusky's activities, Southwest heats up as rest of U.S. cools down and fifth moon discovered orbiting Pluto...

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