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December 28th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Brandy describes her emotions upon learning of friend Whitney Houston's death: "I fell to the floor, in tears ... and had been crying for weeks, and months after that"

Coming up this evening at 9, Piers Morgan sits down for an honest and emotional face to face conversation with Brandy.

As the 33-year-old singer born Brandy Norwood has recently released her sixth studio album, tonight she opens up about the woman for whom the work honors, Whitney Houston.

With Brandy's CD entitled "Two Eleven," she explains that the numbers signify not only her own birthday (Brandy was born on 2.11.79,) but also the day on which Houston passed, February 11th of this year.

Having known the music icon since the pair worked together on the film "Cinderella" in 1997, Brandy surmises what it must have been like for Houston to have endured the loss of her iconic and powerful singing voice:

"I understand you know, because, I feel like when I don't have my instrument, I don't really have me," she tells Morgan. "Of course there's more to you than your voice. But, that's what you use to share, that's what you use to give. It's your purpose. It's what you were born to do ... It probably drove her insane."

Having admittedly lost touch with Houston during the star's final years, Brandy was in the hotel on the night the six-time Grammy Award winner died, and tonight she describes hearing the tragic news: FULL POST

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December 28th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

Tyler Perry on politics, and attack ads: "A lot of things [are] smoke and mirrors ... it's all about let's hide the facts"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Tyler Perry for a candid and emotional primetime interview.

Joining Piers Morgan face to face, the actor, writer, and director behind the "Madea" films franchise shares his personal perspective on the upcoming general election, in particular political attack ads which he feels are fueled with misdirection:

"Unfortunately, I just, being in the business that I'm in, which is show business, I realize that a lot of things [are] smoke and mirrors, a lot of it is dust and let's hide the facts," says the 43-year-old star of "Alex Cross." "I think that most Americans, if you - before you vote, you should - you should become as educated as you can about both, you know, President Obama and the candidate and make your choice there."

Named the highest paid man in entertainment by "Forbes" in 2011, Perry cites a lack of transparency as a concern within the current political climate: FULL POST

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December 26th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Jack Hanna on baby Siberian tigers: "They could literally put a hole through your arm"

This evening Piers Morgan welcomes an exotic creature to the set. Several of them, in fact.

In a special edition of "Piers Morgan Tonight," the studio takes on a decidedly zoo-like feel, as legendary animal expert and enthusiast Jack Hanna brings along his incomparable expertise, as well as his incomparable beasts, for an hour-long interview.

Sitting down with the host face to face, Hanna first introduces the Brit to some Siberians, in the form of a pair of 13-week old tigers:

"At what age can they kill a man?" asks Morgan.

"Well I’ll tell you about another 22 months ... because in about another 22 months, these animals weigh over 600 pounds," explains the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. "This is one of the rarest cats in the world, Piers. They are less than - some people say 400, it could be 200 left in Siberia, that part of the world. They were hunted for their coats, but the problem today is, the fact that you can imagine that animal is 600 pounds ... they could literally put a hole through your arm, right now."

Though the great beast's teeth naturally draw the bulk of attention, Hanna reveals to Morgan that the tiger has other, equally dangerous weapons in its mouth alone: FULL POST

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December 26th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Jack Hanna's advice when encountering a wild animal and he explains the uptick in wild animal attacks

Tonight, Piers Morgan invites Jack Hanna to the program to discuss the recent influx of reports regarding animal attacks in the U.S., including a Florida teenager who lost part of his arm in an alligator attack.

Hanna's advice when encountering a wild animal is counter intuitive but very important: "Do not run. People - young people have to understand this," warns Hanna.

"They [wild animals] relate man to food," explains Hanna. "If people feed the gators, then the gator relates that person to food. If you leave your picnics in Montana or Idaho, wherever you're hiking in Arizona, or whatever state has black bears or grizzlies, you leave a food there at the picnic place, they're going to come back."

Hanna also provides insight as to why these alligator and crocodile attacks are more prevalent right now during breeding season: FULL POST

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December 24th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Rick Warren on separation of church and state: Bush "used his faith to authorize the greatest single health bill in history"

Coming up on this Christmas Eve, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to the program.

Welcoming his guest for a primetime interview, Piers Morgan asks the American evangelical Christian pastor and author his opinion on Christianity in America and its influence on politics.

"I think, also, I think during the last decade, the term "Evangelical" became not a theological term, but a political term," says Warren.

"And a lot of people were turned off by the politics," explains Warren. "They say, well, everybody knew that President George [W.] Bush was a 'Evangelical.' They say, 'oh, then you must be in favor of the Gulf War.'"

And although Warren agrees with Morgan that "you've got to separate church and state," he also offers the following counterpoint: FULL POST

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December 23rd, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Barbra Streisand on the word 'diva': "I scream at my husband. It doesn't make me a diva"

Coming up Sunday, Piers Morgan sits down for a face to face discussion with one of the most-decorated and respected women in the history of Hollywood and the arts, Barbra Streisand. Joining "Piers Morgan Tonight" for an hour-long primetime interview, the legendary star of "Yentl", "Funny Girl" and most recently "The Guilt Trip" talked about her public reputation as a "diva."

"I hate to disappoint you," the very down-to-earth Streisand, told Morgan. "I scream at my husband. It doesn't make me a diva."

Streisand did admit that she is a perfectionist saying, "I am proud to say I am. But there is no such thing as perfectionist, and I found that out when I was 15 years old." FULL POST

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December 21st, 2012
06:07 PM ET

Geoffrey Canada on Friday's NRA statement: "That was the most irresponsible...hurtful response to an American tragedy that I have heard"

In response to Friday morning's public statement by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre – the first public remarks by the National Rifle Association since last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn. – this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, to share his insight and reactions:

"That was the most irresponsible, and I think, hurtful response to an American tragedy that I have heard," said Canada, referencing LaPierre's suggestion of more firearms as an answer for the current epidemic of gun violence in the country. "He should be ashamed of himself to come and tell the American people 'I am not going to do anything reasonable – not one thing.'"

As the pro-gun lobby continues to laud the value of military grade weapons – the likes of which have been used in several recent mass killings – Canada voices his opposition: FULL POST

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December 21st, 2012
04:11 PM ET

Barbra Streisand on Marlon Brando: "He wanted to take me to the desert ... and sleep over in a ghost town"

Coming up Sunday at 9, Piers Morgan welcomes legendary "Evergreen" songstress and "Funny Girl" star Barbra Streisand for an entertaining and honest primetime interview that touches upon everything from politics to theatrics, gender roles to legendary colleagues.

As part of the rare sit-down on "Piers Morgan Tonight," the 70-year-old, multifaceted performer reveals Marlon Brando as her all-time favorite thespian:

"He was fascinating," she says of the "The Godfather" star. High praise from the equally iconic Streisand, who throughout her illustrious career has garnered Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards.

As the discussion continues, Streisand shares the story of the time Brando invited her on an overnight road trip:

"He wanted to take me to the desert, to see the wild flowers," she explains. "And sleep over in a ghost town."

Despite her suitor's star status, Streisand accepted the invitation only with conditions: FULL POST

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December 21st, 2012
02:03 PM ET

Gabby Douglas on being a winner: "You have to work very hard"

Coming up on Saturday at 9 p.m., Olympic gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas sits down with Piers Morgan for a sit-down chat to talk training and what it's like to be the first African-American gymnast to win the all-around gold medal at the London Games.

During the interview Morgan asks Douglas what it takes to be a winner:

"It takes a lot, not only the talent," said Douglas. "But you have to be consistent and you have to dedicate your heart into the sport and you have to work very hard and give 100 percent."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in Saturday at 9 p.m. as Douglas offers to teach Morgan one of her gymnastic moves.
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December 21st, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Richard Blumenthal on gun policy reform; David Chase on gun violence and Hollywood

As America hits the one week mark since an unthinkable school shooting shocked the nation with the harsh reality of 20 dead children, Piers Morgan spoke with Sen. Richard Blumenthal Thursday night. The Connecticut senator proposed a "multifaceted approach" to reforming gun policy beginning with, as he told Morgan, "with a ban on assault weapons, stopping high capacity magazines, better background checks."

"And of course better enforcement of all these laws, not just existing laws but more support and resources for the federal agencies like ATF and the local and state police to protect our children."

Blumenthal also noted the "seismic change" in the attitude towards policy change for gun regulation "almost tectonically as people react to the horror of beautiful children, babies, really, slaughtered en mass and the teachers and other professionals who came to their aid."

"I think that a nerve has been touched and I think that Newtown will never be the same but neither will America. And so I think that kind of nerve hitting will be reflected in what happens here in Washington."

Also on the program, television and film writer and director, David Chase joined Morgan in-studio for a sit down interview. The creator of the Emmy Award winning series "The Sopranos" responded to the perspective that violence depicted in film and television directly affects the mentality of the viewers. FULL POST

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