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On Friday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" took on a decidedly British feel, as television personality Sharon Osbourne joined her mate for an exclusive, primetime interview.
Colleagues from their days as judges on "America's Got Talent," Piers Morgan and Osbourne discussed the guest's recent bout with cancer, her second such struggle with the disease:
"How did you feel when you got this back and thought, here we go again?" asked the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.
"I couldn't see myself going through chemo again. That was really– it's not the operation for it, it's not any of that. It's the chemo that really gets you," revealed the 60-year-old mother of three. "I just thought, I don't want to do it, and if I can avoid it, then I will. And I don't want to keep going to be tested every six months, to have a mammogram."
Having undergone a double mastectomy in November, Osbourne shared her post-procedure emotions:
"Relieved," she said flatly. "I felt really relieved. I felt no more squishing my [breasts] in that mammogram, because they hurt, and especially with the fun bags. So it was like just relieved. That's the way I felt. And I did it the way I did it because I didn't want to worry friends and family. I just didn't - I didn't want a big to-do about it."
Friday's show, meanwhile, also featured Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien, the man who inherited the lofty challenge of leading a Nittany Lion program devastated by scandal and in complete overall disarray.
On the heels of being awarded the Big Ten's "Coach of the Year" honor, O'Brien shared his thoughts on the late Joe Paterno, the man who previously held the position for more than four decades, before being dismissed as part of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal:
"Obviously you look at the body of work and the body of work that he had here as the football coach was tremendous. He graduated 90 percent of his players and he won a lot of football games here," said O'Brien of the man who passed away in January with 298 wins on his resume, 111 of which have since been vacated as a result of investigators determining Paterno attempted to keep the allegations against Sandusky from university officials. "I think that, you know, I'm not - I'm just a football coach. So I'm not here to judge anybody's legacy."
As for Sandusky, the longtime Penn State defensive coach who's now serving between 30 and 60 years in prison for having been convicted of abusing 10 boys during a 15-year span, O'Brien attempted to look ahead and not dwell on any negativity associated with the time prior to his tenure as head coach:
"As far as Jerry Sandusky goes, you know, he's in jail and he's paying for his crimes," said the man who lead the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record in his inaugural season at the helm. "We've moved forward as a university and we're looking forward to the future."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as Morgan shares the story of the time he awoke on a plane with Osbourne's breasts in his face, while O'Brien details the strategy and mindset he focused on this year while attempting to revitalize the Penn State football program.
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