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December 7th, 2012
07:11 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 7th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Cory Booker on getting attention because of his SNAP Challenge: "Our media is fascinated with the pregnancy of a princess ... why aren't we talking about issues of poverty?"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Pier Morgan Tonight" welcomes Cory Booker for an exclusive and insightful visit which comes in the middle of his very personal crusade against hunger in the United States.

Well-known for selfless commitment to his work, and his community, the Newark mayor has taken on a new challenge of late, specifically the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge, which has him attempting to eat for less than thirty dollars, over the course of a full week.

Currently on the fourth day of his pledge, Booker has received plenty of praise for his efforts, but he's also been criticized, as recently as Wednesday, by those who feel he's misrepresenting the food stamp program:

"It's not meant to be your only calorie intake source," said CNN's Christine Romans. "'Supplemental' is the key. The government designs it so this is on top of what little money you might have, food pantries, soup kitchens."

Having watched a clip of Romans' comment while sitting with Piers Morgan, the 43-year-old responded:

"Well first of all, I hope people are sniping. I hope there's dialogue, and attention on this, at a time that it seems like our media is fascinated with the pregnancy of a princess," shared Booker. "Why aren't we talking about issues of poverty? Why aren't we talking about issues of working families, who are working full-time jobs, and still can't make ends meet? I'm happy that the discussion, and the conversation is going on, and a degree that we never imagined when it started."

Though the food program may have the word "supplemental" in its title, the mayor argues that for many families struggling, "SNAP" is their only reliable source of consistent nourishment:

"I also want to let people know, that the reality is the reality. She [Romans] may think it's a supplemental program, but for many Americans, who are working even, this is the difference between going deep into food insecurity, not being able to provide for their families, and having a bridge to stability."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in at 9 as Cory Booker adds further context and perspective as to the details of his personal, week-long SNAP challenge.
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December 7th, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Alec Baldwin on political aspirations, life moments, and his brother's legal woes

On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan sat down with a man for whom he has the highest regard. In fact, earlier in the day the host used his Twitter account to share his true feelings for the evening's upcoming guest:

As part of his live, face to face interview, Morgan's "slightly dangerous" guest – Alec Baldwin – offered an update on his political aspirations:

"No," says the "30 Rock" star when asked if he was still considering a run for New York City mayor. "Although it was something I would love to have done, truly, you'd have to take about a year and a half of your life to do nothing but raise money, and I didn't have time because I'm doing the TV show now, and I have other commitments."

Though he's no longer tossing his own hat in the political ring, the eldest of the famed Baldwin brothers did reveal his allegiances heading into what he calls "the post-[Michael] Bloomberg New York."

"I'd have to say Bill de Blasio," says Baldwin, when asked which candidate he would support.

As for Christine Quinn? Well, he has his reasons for not getting behind the New York City Council speaker:

"She certainly is Bloomberg's handpicked successor. And I resent that to some degree and that Bloomberg feels he needs to control the fate of city hall and of Gracie Mansion beyond his term. He already overturned a voter-approved referendum that had term limits for two terms. Quinn has that blood on her hands. She was the one who single-handedly killed the voter referendum at Bloomberg's behest and gave him a third term. And I was very, very upset about that. And I just don't think that Quinn is trustworthy."

Later in the sit-down chat with Morgan, Baldwin deftly fielded one of the host's trademark questions when he was asked about a particular moment he'd like to relive: FULL POST

December 7th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Madonna Badger on the aftermath of her tragic loss: "There has not been any conclusive anything"

On Thursday evening, Piers Morgan sat down with Madonna Badger who spoke about the tragic house fire that took the life of Badger's three young children and parents on Christmas Day in 2011.

Badger shared with Morgan her anger and frustration with the handling of the incident by city authorities in Samford, Connecticut where the house was located, saying "There has not been any conclusive anything" in terms of analysis or investigation into the source of the fire."

"And you know, for me, finding out the truth of what happened is very important," said Badger in a primetime exclusive. FULL POST

Need to Know News: Unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2008; Opposition demonstrators again gather to challenge Egypt's Morsy
December 7th, 2012
09:58 AM ET

Need to Know News: Unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2008; Opposition demonstrators again gather to challenge Egypt's Morsy

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 7, 2012 – Unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 2008, opposition demonstrators again gather to challenge Egypt's Mohamed Morsy and Eva Longoria lands inauguration role...
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