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July 17th, 2012
07:32 PM ET

Michael Vick says he might get a new dog: "Certainly wouldn't be a pit bull"

Tonight, Michael Vick joins Piers Morgan for a primetime exclusive interview where the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback speaks candidly about his fall from grace in 2007 when he was implicated and convicted of participating in the operation an illegal dog fighting ring.

In his new book "Michael Vick: Finally Free, An Autobiography," Vick expresses his love of dogs in spite of his fascination with dog fighting and the competition associated with it. Vick was banned from owning a dog for three years but this month the ban expires.

During the interview, Morgan asks Vick if he will get a new dog and Vick replies that he would for his children. "I can’t take that dream away from them," Vick explains. FULL POST

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July 17th, 2012
06:43 PM ET

Russell Brand on containing his temper: "For the first time in my life I do more meditating and yoga than I do having sex"

Tonight Piers Morgan sits down with funnyman and notorious bad boy, Russell Brand to talk sex, comedy and Brand’s latest television endeavor.

The host asks brand how he is managing his infamous tempter lately. Brand quips:

“Pretty good," Brand says. "For the first time in my life I spend more time meditating and doing yoga than I do having sex.” The ladies’ man is quick to add, “That’s only because I do a hell-of-a-lot of yoga. And they’re still neck and neck!”

The two then turn to Brand’s new project, BrandX —a new show on FX highlighting Brand's unfiltered viewpoint on current events and popular culture. FULL POST

A Primetime Exclusive: Michael Vick
July 17th, 2012
03:03 PM ET

A Primetime Exclusive: Michael Vick

Tonight, Michael Vick sits down with Piers Morgan for a primetime exclusive. The Quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles is ready to talk about his life outside football and his second chance at life both on the field and off.

In April 2007, Vick was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had operated over five years. Then in August of the same year, he pleaded guilty and spent 21 months in prison, followed by 2 months in home confinement. Now Vick is ready to talk about hitting bottom in his new book "Michael Vick: Finally Free, An Autobiography."

Tune in at 9pm for the full, honest interview as Vick talks about hitting bottom and rising back to the top.
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July 17th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Mark O'Mara on Witness 9's statement: "Her first statement suggesting racism questions her credibility"

Mark O'Mara, the attorney for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case returned to "Piers Morgan Tonight" and responded to the allegations of a woman known as "Witness #9". The woman accused Zimmerman of sexually molesting her for almost a decade and called the Zimmerman family "racist".

"Her first statement suggesting racism questions her credibility," argued O'Mara. "The FBI who seemingly has completed their report has said the exact opposite. That George is not a racist."

"She called anonymously. And said the whole Zimmerman family were a bunch of racists," explained O'Mara. "The next day she makes up allegations about sexual abuse. Also seemingly doesn't have any corroboration to them."

Earlier this year, CNN Legal Analyst Mark NeJame shared an exclusive photograph with Morgan which suggests Zimmerman has black heritage. FULL POST

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July 17th, 2012
01:28 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Bakley family attorney on Robert Blake; Kurt Andersen on Obama's newest attack ad

On Monday, Piers Morgan spoke with Eric Dubin, the attorney that brought the civil liability case against Robert Blake on behalf of Bonny Lee Bakley's family.

Blake, who was acquitted for Bakley's murder in the 2001 criminal case, was found liable for the wrongful death of his wife in the civil trial and was ordered to pay $30 million to the Bakley family. In the now infamous "Piers Morgan Tonight" interview that first aired on July 11, 2012, Blake insisted on his innocence in regards to his wife's death.

“He did kill Bonny," Dubin said in response. "But for celebrity justice, he'd be in prison."

"I can assure everybody the LAPD put their top men in this case," explained Dubin. "It was the biggest investigation in LAPD history. They got the right guy, and celebrity justice is why he's free, and he should be lucky to be walking the streets right now."

Kurt Andersen was also on the program Monday and talked about Barack Obama's latest ad attacking Mitt Romney, which continues to hammer Romney for his personal wealth and his record at Bain Capital. FULL POST

July 17th, 2012
12:32 PM ET

Only In America: A British host gets an unusual name change from an American actor

In Monday’s “Only in America,” Piers Morgan looked into the origin of the nickname he received from Robert Blake last week: "Charlie Potatoes."

“Now I assumed it was less than complimentary,” Morgan said, “but then I did a little research – after all you’ll remember Robert Blake also called me ‘Mr. Research.’”

And to Morgan’s surprise and delight, the nickname was, in fact, a compliment. It came from “The Defiant Ones,” a 1958 film starring Tony Curtis. The actor dreams of one day being rich and popular. He named that man Charlie Potatoes.

Beaming after the clip played, Morgan stated "I think it’s very obvious why Robert Blake called me Charlie Potatoes.” FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Clashes intensify in the Syrian capital; Multiple people shot at Alabama bar
July 17th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Need to Know News: Clashes intensify in the Syrian capital; Multiple people shot at Alabama bar

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 17, 2012 – Clashes intensify in the Syrian capital, multiple people shot at Alabama bar, and LeBron James helps U.S. basketball team dispatch Brazil after poor start...

• Clashes intensify in the Syrian capital, opposition activists say: "For the third straight day, fierce clashes erupted in the Syrian capital Tuesday as fighters braced for a major showdown in the pivotal city, opposition activists said.'The battle for Damascus is coming,' said Abdulhameed Zakaria, a Syrian army colonel who defected and joined the rebel Free Syrian Army."

Multiple people shot at Alabama bar: "Multiple people were shot early Tuesday at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bar, police told CNN. The shooting occurred about 12:30 a.m. at the Copper Top Bar, Tuscaloosa police Sgt. Brent Blankley said. He would not confirm how many people were injured or their conditions."

Needles found in sandwiches, Delta says: "The FBI says it has launched an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles in four turkey sandwiches on separate Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States."

• Google's Marissa Mayer is named CEO of Yahoo: "Google's first female engineer, Marissa Mayer, has made a career out of bucking expectations - and she did so once again on Monday by announcing she will leave Google to be the new CEO of Yahoo, the struggling company that once was Google's main competitor."

LeBron James helps U.S. basketball team dispatch Brazil after poor start: "LeBron James scored 30 points and the U.S. rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat Brazil 80-69 on Monday night in its final exhibition game on home soil. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden watched the Americans get off to a dismal start, then turn it around by holding the Brazilians to two baskets in the second quarter."

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