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January 31st, 2013
11:06 PM ET

Piers Morgan welcomes Rachel Nichols: "Your producer, Jonathan [Wald] had a hand in me being at CNN"

With Super Bowl XLVII less than three days away, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan huddled up with one of his newest colleagues, Rachel Nichols, welcoming CNN's brand new sports anchor and reporter to his program and to the network.

Having recently joined the team, the 39-year-old Northwestern graduate revealed some of the details behind landing her newest gig:

"Your producer, Jonathan [Wald] had a hand in me being at CNN. So, we'll see how I do on the rest of this appearance," she said. "If I do well, maybe he'll get a bonus. If not, maybe he'll get fired before the end of the show and you'll have to finish by yourself."

Knowing his own executive producer all to well, Morgan laughed, and added:

"He'll wait and see how you do, and he'll claim all the credit if it's successful, and if it's not, then obviously, he'll have never heard of you."

Focusing on the pre-eminent Super Bowl subplot, which pits brother head coaches Jim and John Harbaugh against one another, Nichols explained that earlier in the day she spent time with someone who knows a little something himself about being a part of a famous football family, Archie Manning.

Himself a former NFL signal-caller, these days Manning is more well-known for being the dad of two current quarterbacks, Eli, of the New York Giants, and his older brother Peyton, currently with the Denver Broncos. FULL POST

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Tonight:  Firearms, Football, and Flicks
January 31st, 2013
06:29 PM ET

Tonight: Firearms, Football, and Flicks

On the heels of this evening's "Guns Under Fire" town hall from Washington D.C. (airing at 8 p.m.) tonight Piers Morgan welcomes fellow CNN host Anderson Cooper for his insight into the polarizing discussion. Cooper will be moderating the conversation from George Washington University, and after sharing his perspective, Morgan will then open the discussion up to both Kellyanne Conway, and Van Jones, each of whom are regular "Piers Morgan Tonight" guests, analyzing all things political and cultural.

In addition to the gun debate, Thursday's primetime program will address Sunday's upcoming Super Bowl, welcoming new CNN personality Rachel Nichols. Reporting from New Orleans, site of the much-anticipated Ravens vs. 49ers "Har-Bowl," Nichols will join Morgan for a live interview touching upon the most-fascinating football story angles heading into the year's most-watched television event.

Also, as Friday brings about February, and a continuation of the entertainment awards season, Morgan welcomes director David O. Russell, the man behind "Silver Linings Playbook," as well as actress Jennifer Lawrence, who stars alongside Bradley Cooper in the film.

Tune in tonight at 9 as Morgan hosts a show that touches upon emotion and drama, sports and society, all the while debating one of the most divisive issues in America.
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January 31st, 2013
02:20 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Tom Arnold on the gun debate; Joe Jackson on Michael's children

As much of the nation continues to debate the polarizing topic of guns, and firearm legislation, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Tom Arnold to share his candid perspective, and personal insight.

Having grown up "hunting with my grandpa," and citing it as "one of the best experiences of my life," the actor and comedian says there's a vast difference between sport and unregulated killing:

"We didn't see anybody out there with military-style assault weapons. And that's where you draw the line because those guys - you know, if I was out hunting tomorrow and a guy - some kid shows up with one of those guns, we'd freak out," Arnold told Piers Morgan. "That's not part of sport or part of the culture. You know, they're posers. If they want to be in the military join the freaking military. You can't dress up like a military guy and put on a Purple Heart and walk around, and act like you're in the military."

Referencing AR-15's, the specific type of weapon used in several of the recent mass killing episodes, the 53-year-old Iowa native describes what he sees as their specific designation:

"It's those crazy people that need to blow up meat," says Arnold, of those with military-style assault weapons. "That's all those guns do is explode meat. They're not for hunting. There's not for any other purpose."

Also on Wednesday's program, Morgan welcomed Joseph Jackson for a rare, exclusive face to face interview.

The musician and talent manager often described as being the patriarch of the famed Jackson family, Joseph spoke candidly about two of his grandchildren, the two left behind by his most famous child, Michael:
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Need to Know News:  New York Times says Chinese hackers broke into its computers; Standoff drags into 3rd day as man holds child in bunker
January 31st, 2013
10:35 AM ET

Need to Know News: New York Times says Chinese hackers broke into its computers; Standoff drags into 3rd day as man holds child in bunker

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 January 31, 2013 – New York Times says Chinese hackers broke into its computers, standoff drags into third day as man holds child in bunker and five things that could make BlackBerry 10 a hit...

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January 30th, 2013
10:32 PM ET

Neighbor of Alabama gunman: "He made it very clear...that any animals or people that came onto his property would be killed"

As the nation's most recent gun-related incident developed in Alabama, on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited neighbors of the suspected gunman to supply their first-hand perspective on the ways in which he reportedly had been leading his life.

"He was just strange," said Casper McNich, in an exclusive live interview. "After he moved on the property, then he put up a barbed-wire fence, started cutting down all the trees, like he had a clear view of anything so he wasn't attacked or something. So really, I pretty much avoided him."

Ronda Wilbur, meanwhile, revealed that the man had a history of violence with animals: FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Joe Jackson on son Michael's final days: "They treated him like Howard Hughes ... the family couldn't get to him"

On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" secured a rare, exclusive interview with the patriarch of the famed Jackson family, musician and talent manager Joseph Jackson.

Seated across from Piers Morgan, the 84-year-old father of 10 opened up about the day he learned about the death of his most-famous child, legendary pop star Michael Jackson:

"I got a call from a fan. And he says, 'Mr. Jackson,' he says, 'um, something is wrong.' He said, 'I see a ambulance there at Michael's place. And the ambulance took off. And the fire department is following the ambulance. Something is wrong,'" explained Jackson. "The saddest part about the whole thing was Michael tried to reach me. He says, 'call my father.' This was before he passed, he would know how to get me out of this."

More than three-and-a-half years since the 13-time Grammy Award winner's death, his father described the circumstances surrounding the latter portion of his life: FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

Jan Brewer on Obama's immigration reform: "I'm just absolutely thrilled that we've got the president talking about solutions"

Following Tuesday's speech by President Barack Obama – in which the president pledged to support a "comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws" – last night Piers Morgan welcomed Governor Jan Brewer back to the program, inviting her to share some perspective on an issue that literally lives in her backyard.

"We've seen you on tarmacs jabbing your finger at the president in the past over this very contentious issue," noted the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "What is your verdict on what he announced today?"

"I'm just absolutely thrilled that we've got the president talking about solutions and also I'm very grateful that we've got a bipartisan effort in the Senate to try to address the issue that America, the United States has been facing," said the 68-year-old Republican. "Bottom line is I'm very, very encouraged with the ideas, particularly with the Senate proposing that we move forward and that we will get our border. We will, you know, have our border secured."

Despite agreeing with his guests pleasure over progressive conversation within the parties, Morgan still made a point to note that the proverbial glass may actually be half empty: FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
02:39 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: NFL referee controversy and a Milwaukee Sheriff encourages residents to arm themselves

On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed guests Ben Austro, the editor of FootballZebras.com, and Ray Anderson, EVP of football operations for the NFL, to address the recent controversy concerning this year's Superbowl head referee Jerome Boger. Austro broke the story regarding allegations that Boger was chosen to lead the crew because he is African American after grades that were given by supervisors were changed apparently to make him look more qualified.

"Everybody is off the record because they don't want to - they fear retribution," said Austro. "But consistently I'm hearing eight downgrades."

"And he's been dinged eight times this season. And all eight of them have been appealed. And so they were all successful appeals, and gave him a perfect record, as the result."

Anderson responded to Austro's findings as "patently false" saying, "Whoever Mr. Austro's anonymous sources are have really misled him and misrepresented the facts to him."

"His information is inaccurate. It's unfair," said Anderson. "We are about diversity, that is true. But to suggest that him being black got him into the Superbowl, that's insulting and that is offensive on multiple levels."

Also on the program, Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett joined Piers Morgan to discuss a radio ad put out by Clarke telling Milwaukee residents to arm themselves.

"There's an emerging situation in the Milwaukee area," explained Clarke. "Fewer and fewer law enforcement resources - and I'm not going to be afraid to engage the citizenry in imminent circumstances." FULL POST

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Need to Know News:  Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing; Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown
January 30th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Need to Know News: Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing; Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown

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 January 30, 2013 – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing, defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown, and with J.J. Abrams in place, 'Star Wars' fans brace for future...

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January 29th, 2013
10:37 PM ET

Senator Chris Murphy: "Neil and I are supporters of the real Second Amendment, not the imaginary Second Amendment"

On the heels of a Sandy Hook hearing in Hartford, Conn., which featured mixed reactions and emotional outbursts, on Tuesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Neil Heslin back to the program to share his candid reaction and pained perspective.

Having lost his son Jesse during the mass shooting in Newtown, Heslin testified on Monday, expressing his feelings that assault weapons have no place in civilian hands.

Met with shouts insisting that the "Second Amendment shall not be infringed," tonight Heslin clarified his position exclusively to Piers Morgan:

"I'm in favor and I support the Second Amendment, and I'm not in favor of taking anybody's weapons or guns from them," he told the host. "I am in favor, and I do want to push for stricter regulations on certain type of weapons, as I said, like the military style weapons and the assault type of weapons."

Continuing the conversation, the host also welcomed Senator Chris Murphy to add his insight on one of the most divisive issues facing America.
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