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December 6th, 2012
11:07 PM ET

Alec Baldwin on the paparazzi: "Press a button tomorrow and flush them all down some swirling sewer vortex, I would do it"

On Thursday night, "Piers Morgan Tonight" rolled out the red carpet for one of Hollywood's biggest names, from one of the industry's most-recognizable families, Alec Baldwin.

Joining Piers Morgan for a live, face to face conversation, the star of NBC's hit show "30 Rock" shared his overall disdain for the media in general, particularly "gotcha journalism" as practiced by paparazzi outlets such as TMZ:

"CNN, which is owned by Time Warner, Warner Brothers owns TMZ. So, when you make a film for Warner Brothers, or you do a television show for Warner Brothers, right down the hallway, that very company that you're working for, is trying to stab you in the back when your back is turned, with what's his name, who runs TMZ – [Harvey] Levin – and that crowd," described Baldwin. "It's become a very, very murky water."

While Morgan described such outlets as merely "entertaining," or a "necessary part of the business," the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner disagreed entirely:

"My attitude is the business would be infinitely better if all of them were gone," he told Morgan. "If I could press a button tomorrow and flush them all down some swirling sewer vortex, I would do it. Where's the button, hand it to me now!"

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Baldwin further presents his argument as to the negative impact of the paparazzi.
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December 6th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

Tonight: Alec Baldwin returns, live and in person

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the return of Alec Baldwin.

One of the wittiest, most-insightful stars in Hollywood today, Thursday's visit marks Baldwin's second visit to the program, but first-ever for a face to face interview.

In his January appearance, during which he joined Piers Morgan via satellite, the eldest of the famed Baldwin brothers opened up about potential political aspirations, as well as a recent tiff with a flight attendant after he was reprimanded for playing the popular game "Words with Friends" prior to take-off.

And, in an epic moment that grabbed instant headlines, the star of "30 Rock" quickly turned the tables on the host, asking – in his best British accent – how many time Morgan himself had been properly in love.

Tune in this evening at 9, as Baldwin joins Morgan for a live interview that promises to be heavy on insight and entertainment, comedy and candor.
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December 6th, 2012
05:34 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Kerry Kennedy on American politics and the Tea Party; Gordon Brown's crusade to end child labor

With political theater as dramatic as ever, on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a member of the nation's most-famous political family for an engaging, face to face interview.

Joining Piers Morgan live, Kerry Kennedy revealed her opinion of present day workings within the Nation's Capitol: "I think it is very, very hard with the Tea Party," said the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy. "Because that's a group of people who came to Washington to destroy it."

The niece of former President John F. Kennedy, the guest shared her support for the man currently inhabiting the famed Oval Office:

"I think President Obama is doing his very, very best," she continued. "And the American people have spoken in the last election. We want change."

Also as part of Wednesday's program, former British prime minister Gordon Brown joined his fellow countryman for a candid conversation on his current crusade to end the practice of child labor: FULL POST

December 6th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Carol Roth compares gun laws to violence in Syria, Alan Dershowitz disagrees: "That is so ridiculous"

Four days since the shocking murder-suicide involving the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a trio of guests charged with adding their insight and expertise to the ongoing debate of gun control in America.

Joining the program live, Carol Roth defended the rights of people to own firearms without restrictions, drawing a unique parallel to unrest in other countries:

"What it boils down to is the ability to protect yourself, Piers," began the "New York Times" best-selling author. "If you look at what is happening right now in Syria with the threat of chemical weapons, the only reason why they're not going to use it is because somebody else has a credible threat, such as the U.S., of using a similar weapon."

On December 1st, the 25-year-old Belcher used a firearm to murder his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, before ultimately driving to the his team's training facility and killing himself.

Earlier Wednesay, Roth took to Twitter, suggesting that weapons aren't the concern, but rather, it's those baring the arms:

Speaking live on the program last evening, she stood by her digital statement, insisting that given Belcher's state of mind, the tragedy would have occurred regardless of any restrictions preventing him from owning a firearm:

"As a gun owner, you want to be able to protect yourself. If you are somebody who is so damaged, who is at a point where you don't care about life enough that you are willing to take somebody else's life, then what that comes down to is that that person is not going to obey the gun laws."

Joining the debate out of Boston, Alan Dershowitz did not concur with Roth's Syria analogy: FULL POST

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Need to Know News: Tanks deployed near presidential palace after Egypt protests; Key GOP senator breaks ranks on fiscal cliff
December 6th, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Need to Know News: Tanks deployed near presidential palace after Egypt protests; Key GOP senator breaks ranks on fiscal cliff

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 December 6, 2012 – Tanks deployed near presidential palace after Egypt protests, key GOP senator breaks ranks on fiscal cliff and pregnant Catherine leaves hospital after acute morning sickness treatment...

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