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November 16th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Carol Blue on Christopher Hitchens: "A wonderful husband, and lover, and chum, and playmate"

Exactly 11 months since Christopher Hitchens passed away after battling cancer, on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited the author's widow, Carol Blue, to join the program for a live interview.

Sitting down face to face with Piers Morgan, Blue remembered her late souse as "a wonderful husband, and lover, and chum, and playmate."

During his final days, Hitchens penned columns for "Vanity Fair" detailing his disease and the pieces have since been collected and compiled to create a full length book entitled "Mortality," which was published this Fall. A devout atheist, many of Hitchens' detractors predicted he'd embrace religion from his death bed. Blue revealed that that was not the case:

"He didn't mind at all that they were praying for his recovery ... he wanted to make sure that there wouldn't be some kind of drooling scene at the last moment in which it seemed as if he'd converted, but in fact, it never came up in the last days. So, it just wasn't a subject of interest to him."

Watch the clip, and listen to the full interview, as Blue sheds light into what Hitchens -had he been still alive today – might have thought about the current scandal surrounding David Petraeus.
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  1. annagren27

    Second paragraph, first sentence, "remembered her late spouse" I believe, not souse.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom O'Farrell

      But even so, souse was a description that he would live up to quite often, and probably would not have objected to. I found the typo amusing.

      August 25, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bill Kilpatrick

    Christopher Hitchens was, and always will remain, a modern-day Socrates, a lion, a literate brawler, a defender of the forgotten and a troublemaker to the self-satisfied, particularly those in politics and religion. Reading through "God is Not Great," I can't say I found it to be error free, but what I did find was breathtaking in its swagger, its candor and its poignance. "Hitch" was like that kid in school who stood up when the school bully was having his way with the weakling-of-the-day. He reminded me of that kid, in The Bad News Bears, who took on the rival team – even if it left his grossly outnumbered – because he just wouldn't stand there and watch them pick on his teammate.

    Hitch didn't pretend to be a saint – even a secular one. He wasn't a bleeding heart and he despised political correctness. He smoked and drank, and made no attempt to cover up the scandals of his life. Instead, he took up the mantel of manhood and used it to skewer the hypocrites, fanatics and frauds. That he did so with such unrivaled eloquence was a source of tremendous satisfaction to many, including me. Hitch offended his share of "respectable people," but in doing so, he proved he was neither toady nor tool. The man could write. The man could argue. Most importantly, the man could stand and fight.

    For those of us who watched him – in the good times and the bad – Hitch was a very different kind of role model. He wasn't the reverend father. He certainly wasn't the fair-haired son. He was a brother in arms. He was a big brother fighting different versions of Big Brother – and he did a spectacular job. They should make a movie about the guy, and maybe they will, because guys like this don't come along every day.

    November 22, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elaine Bennett

      You didn't know him, and if you did, you didn't know him well.

      March 6, 2013 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jimmy Zacharey

        Maybe you did know him and maybe you rubbed him the wrong way. Just because others found redeeming qualities in him and you didn't doesn't mean they're wrong. Besides, your comment is so short and unqualified that you probably shouldn't have even posted it.

        March 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beatrice in San Diego

        No, it's quiet an accurate description, and I did know him – I interviewed him after a debate here in San Diego. In fact it's refreshing when someone else recognizes so eloquently what massive loss we are left with.
        Some of us advanced for the good of others.
        Miss C.H. badly!

        April 20, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael Allen

    Most important to me, he demonstrated that we have to be able to engage beliefs and ideas opposite to our own without simply insulating our social circle and choices of news sources to people and positions with whom we already agree:

    December 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. r

    What an ugly, awful woman.

    Not one WORD about the horrible suffering of the people of Iraq thanks to her rotten husband and his stream of Neocon lies.

    May 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. John Goodchild

    There are, and have been, so few like Christopher - not to be "right" about everything, as if anybody ever us, but to prod the rest of us. What a loss, especially as the culture generally grows more show biz and more stupid, the triumph of style over substance...
    Carol Blue is a class act, and I wish the best of her.

    September 4, 2013 at 3:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Justin

    Hitchens was a terrible person . he is given the " reality screen" by those who lionized him, much like Steve Jobs. he was a bully and wrong on so many things . the question is what defect does his widow have for marrying such a person ?i found hitchens easily dispensable, but the naive often loved him for his iconoclasm. bad luck to die young from cancer, and bad luck to the rest of us that a professional iconoclast has left the stage, as they are always in short supply. he will not be missed.

    April 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Justin

    AND his hatred of religion stems from his mother passing. bet that.

    April 18, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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