On a day which saw "Piers Morgan Tonight" celebrate it's two year anniversary, the program's very first guest – Oprah Winfrey – was conducting her own television moment, as the oft-referred "Queen of Media" welcomed Lance Armstrong for a sit-down interview.
The most-decorated cyclist in the sports history, Armstrong chose this night to air a stunning admission to rampant illegal drug use while competing in, and winning, seven cosecutive Tour de France titles.
Having long been an Armstrong attacker, both on the air, and via social media, Piers Morgan welcomed journalist Buzz Bissinger to react to the breaking news:
"Sensational revelations," said the author best known for his non-fiction book "Friday Night Lights." "As we all know, no one is really shocked by them. At least he was somewhat forthcoming. What I do want to hear more about is his justification for lying, literally, up to the final moment."
While Bissinger and Morgan further discussed Armstrong's all-encompassing confession, celebrated sports columnist Christine Brennan sat in a nearby "Green Room," riveted by the story, and working on her own column for USA Today.
As part of a primetime, face-to-face interview that airs this evening at 9, Charlie Sheen opens up on a topic that much of America is discussing this week: Lance Armstrong and his recent admission of doping.
Himself a sports fan, who's portrayed many an athlete in film and television, Sheen tells the tale of meeting the infamous cyclist half a decade ago, in an encounter that didn't exactly leave fond memories:
"I met him once at a party and I'm assuming he was in a bad mood, because he wasn't the friendliest guy in the world," explains the former star of CBS's "Two and a Half Men."
"He was rude to you?" Morgan asks. FULL POST
As we continue our debate on "Guns in America" and look ahead to President Barack Obama's second term in office, "Piers Morgan Tonight" will host a special live town hall-style show Tuesday, January 22.
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Coming up Friday evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes one of the most celebrated and scrutinized members of today's Hollywood fraternity, Charlie Sheen, for an honest and revealing primetime interview.
Joining Piers Morgan for a face to face conversation, the former star of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" details the status of his relationship with the show's creator and executive producer, Chuck Lorre:
"I still haven't spoken to him," says Sheen. "Nothing, zero."
Saying he very nearly bumped into his old boss in a hotel lobby, the 47-year-old Sheen explains how he'd have handled such a chance encounter: "I'd have walked right up to him and said, 'hey, man, you know, good luck with everything. Sorry about that. And, um, see you - you know, see you on campus.'"
At least that's what Sheen thinks he would have done, admitting that deep inside, he may hold other ambitions:
"The fantasy is walking up and dropping him, but that's not - that's not who I am. It's not who I am. You know, I'm not a violent guy."
Admitting that he does miss being a part of the show that made him the highest paid actor on television, Sheen fondly remembers his early days working on the sitcom, and teaming with Lorre: FULL POST
Break out the fireworks and celebratory noise-makers: "Piers Morgan Tonight" is two years old!
Thursday marks the second birthday of the primetime CNN show, as on January 17, 2011, the British television presenter Piers Morgan first invaded homes in America – and worldwide – with the launch of his 9 p.m. program.
With the unabashed candor and explosive passion that quickly became his trademark, Morgan opened his CNN tenure by welcoming precisely the type of big name guest he'd soon become known for hosting: Oprah Winfrey.
In it's two year existence, "Piers Morgan Tonight" has continued to host the types of guests and stories that have, in Morgan's own words, "energy and dynamism, humor."
But as the world has changed, so too has the program, with an increased focus on breaking news and current events FULL POST
On Wednesday evening, NBC's "Today" show weatherman Al Roker brought his sunny personality to the "Piers Morgan Tonight" studio for a fun and lively interview.
Roker chatted with Piers Morgan about the ongoing ratings rivalry between "Today" and "Good Morning America". Just this past April, the ABC morning show unseated "Today" from their spot as the top morning news program.
"It's not the worst thing to get a kick in the slacks," said Roker. "We're not changing what we do. We're just gonna work at it that much harder."
And speaking of slacks, Roker also address the "little accident" he experienced during a visit to George W. Bush at the White House a while back. Roker recently confessed in a "Dateline NBC" profile piece that after having bypass gastric surgery he would occasionally have issues with his bowel movements.
Unfortunately, one of those occasions happened on his way to the White House Press Room. "I pooped in my pants," admitted Roker.
"Gastric bypass is a serious surgery," Roker told Morgan. "I was a month away from having the surgery in 2002. If you eat the wrong things you're going to have gastric problems."
Thankfully Roker has healed from his complications noting, "I've been back to the White House about ten times and never had a problem again."
Watch the clips and listen to the interview as Morgan recalls how he'd seen Roker at the White House before and jokes, "Had I known what had been going on before, I would have given you a very wide birth."
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