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August 20th, 2012
09:38 PM ET

Piers Morgan: "You're looking live at the empty chair that Todd Akin was supposed to be sitting in"

This evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a guest unlike any other – the empty chair initially set aside for Representative Todd Akin.

Over the weekend, the Republican Representative from Missouri claimed that 'legitimate rape' rarely results in pregnancy, a stance that has ignited a firestorm amongst politicians on both sides of the aisle.

On the heels of his comments, Akin had agreed to appear as a guest this evening, only to later cancel.

Watch the clip, and listen to host Piers Morgan, as he explains the strange circumstances that led to Representative Todd Akin's empty chair.
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  1. Raymond Duke

    Maybe he forgot it was tonight.

    August 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Geo

      An empty chair to match his empty head.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Michael

    No longer a huge fan of CNN, and Mr. Morgan is one of the reasons. So tired of his simplistic, biased, and overly judgemental approach to issues. Tonight's show was just an excellent example. Not sure there is a point to baiting someone who decided not to show up for an interview and there really is another side to Augusta's policy towards female membership. However, he is either too lazy or simplistic to really dig into both sides of an issue, just seems to jump on the popular side of the issue, perhaps in the hope of improving his (I think poor) ratings.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amanda Bailey

      His ratings are actually quite well.

      August 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • michael

        ratings are quite well?

        August 21, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Missing the point, Michael.

      August 21, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Meagan

      Another side to Augusta's policies!? Like what? Stupidity? Ignorance? Chauvinism? Bigotry? Senility, I will speak slowly for you since it seems difficult for you to keep up with the passing of decades. .....join....the ......of.......the.......human......race.......yes....... So......sorry. (not really)

      August 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jenika

    Piers Morgan is my favorite television interviewer. He asks intelligent questions after having done his homework and being knowledgeable about the subjects. He's on point, doesn't miss one step, keeps the interview focused, holds his own when he's asking the hard questions, and isn't afraid to express his point of view. Has a good sense of humor as well. In general, unfortunately, CNN has grown to be a little too sensational; for the most part, Piers' show isn't as sensationally-tainted as Dr Drew's and Anderson's. Of course, we could do without the empty chair episode. Let's not keep hammering the "bad guy." When we do, we regress and emulate the one we are criticizing. Let's not be a model for bullying.

    August 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Robert Smith

    Please have someone on who can talk about the Republican "Southern Stratigy" ( and explain how they are shamefully using hot button issues to swing voters who are pretty much voting against their own self interest.


    August 21, 2012 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. worldcares

    I have always liked Piers Morgan. He views the whole picture. As a journalist, he is excellant.
    As a born citizen of the United States, I certainly do not want to see Rep. Todd Akin in the Senate.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. F Marca

    I am so sick and tired of Piers Morgan's liberal views!! If you can't be fair, then shut up!!!!!!

    August 21, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Geo

      So you are against speech that goes against what you believe. How very repulican of you.

      August 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dean Cathar

    Why was congressman Kevin Yoder investigated by the FBI?
    Not for a harmless swim naked!
    Word is one of the wives called after he exposed himself to underage little girls at the Sea of Galilee!!!!

    It's just too bad the FBI has no jurisdiction in Israel 😦

    August 21, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply

    I don't really know what kind of news is significant to CNN, am surprised that you couldn't even report the death of the Ethiopian Prime Minister ....who is also the African leader!
    American press is trapped with what the Kardashians wear every day 😦

    August 21, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dale Wilton

    Piers: I encourage you - and everyone - to be sober when commenting on the flaws in others. One day, God Almighty will judge the secrets of everyone's life. Do you have any?

    August 21, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • marco austin

      one little details Mr, Wilton, this moron with the nice comb-over is running for US Senate...pathethic.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Harry

    The "gutless little twerp" comment last night sounded real grown up...actually more like an 11-year-old bully trying to call out a fight with some little kid. Time to grow up're taking news interviewing to a new low. When I first saw you on Britain's Got Talent, I found you to be refreshing, real, and the kind of person I'd like to have a dinner conversation with. Now, you seem overly biased, self absorbed, focused on creating a headline, and not helpful in creating a constructive national dialogue.

    August 21, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Howard Lee

    "Twerp" comment was uncalled for. We use to like Morgan, now he comes accross as a spoiled British smart Ass who talks more than he Listens. I think he owes the viewers an Apology.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mitch Kolesaie

    I miss investigative journalism. Where has it gone? It is hostage to ratings stunts. By Piers. My family and I are no longer watching. Let's see... I've stopped watching most of CNN programming, if not all, and that goes for Fox and MSNBC as well. When are you going to use the power of the media to INFORM the public, instead just handicap the horse race or "be the news" with your opinionated talking head experts? Did any viewer get education just to be told what to think, especially by Piers, or any network as it carves out its biased niche for ratings?

    August 21, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Denny

    Just another night at empty suit interviewing and empty chair.

    August 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Mickey Cee

    It seems that, for some, the real issue gets buried or ignored. That is, Akin is a "gutless little twerp" and not so much for his inability to face a direct response to his own stupidity, but more so for having absolutely no knowledge of the issue he so cavalierly disparaged on Sunday. What, he should be considered a bona fide candidate for public office? For me, gutless little twerp nails it ... way to go, Piers!

    August 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Donna

    Piers has my respect where so many don't. I may not like some of his views on some things but I do believe he is a fair man and have seen him admit when his point of view was not the right one. If you want to bash him over the man vs. woman crap that\'s been around for years and years and years then bash everyone. That is one topic that will be argued forever. As far as Akin\'s concerned, BRAVO PIERS!!

    August 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. ANNIE

    MY Favorite Piers Morgan interview was the very first one :: with Oprah Winfrey ! a fantastic show !!...

    August 21, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. KMW

    Horray for Todd Akin. Piers got his comeuppance which has been long overdo. His ratings are very, very low and wish he could go away.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • peridot2

      So never mind the inaccuracies and lies of Akin regarding women and their biology, you're attacking Piers Morgan?!? Way to completely miss the point!

      This message was brought to you by a woman who understands biology.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. KMW

    Todd Akin misspoke which he has admitted but I am staunchly pro-life and life begins at conception. I also understand biology and I am a woman.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • onoudont

      Still haven't heard anyone explain how Akins "misspoke." Sounded to me like he pretty clearly expressed a position he had formulated after giving it some thought. That's not misspeaking.

      August 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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