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January 17th, 2013
03:40 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Tonight" celebrates its two-year anniversary

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."

Since launching more than 100 weeks ago, the show has featured an endless array of mesmerizing and engaging guests, including the inspiring Dalai Lama and the provocative Robert Blake.

But as the world has changed, so too has the program, with an increased focus on breaking news and current events, like the Arab Spring, the Aurora Theater Shooting in Colorado, and most recently, the school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Back in 2011, during a preview interview with CNN's Ali Velshi Morgan gave his viewers the following guarantee:

"I will not be boring."

Twenty-four months, and countless interviews later, Morgan has kept his promise.

Please join the "Piers Morgan Tonight" team in celebrating the show's two-year anniversary, and stay tuned to our blog as we look forward to another year of fascinating guests, and extraordinary stories.
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  1. MJ

    Yes the Piers Morgan show, where it is considered ok to be anti gun but joke about murdering one of your guests.

    For that reason alone this man should me removed because I can only imagine the rhetoric he would be spouting if one of his pro gun "guests" were to make a comment like that.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ladyofthelake

    Piers – thanks for being willing to ask the difficult questions. You are becoming an American hero.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chuck

      Lady of the Lake, you must be British

      January 18, 2013 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. GoodGuy

    I hope this year would be the last of him on CNN. Opinionated, biased, implolie, about his unfair trick in wiki.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Nae

    Please CNN, give us two hours of AC360 instead. I’d even watch a whole extra hour of Anderson's RidicuList instead of Piers Morgan’s show.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. MNFlower

    I hope this faux audience backdrop goes away soon. I am not interested in looking at them or hearing their opinion. Let's leave it to Piers and the guest. Who thought this was a good idea?

    January 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr. N.

      Typical Morgan sheeple: Only listens to those that agree with her.

      January 17, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mr. N.

    "NYC introduced toughest gun control in America – and guess what, gun murder plummeted, as did gun suicide. This is not rocket science." -PM

    As did the murder rate everywhere else in the nation. Funny thing, nowhere was this drop more dramatic than on states that actually loosened gun control. Poor Piers. I guess that complex thoughts that involve more than one point are rocket science to him. I guess that expecting for him to comprehend country-wide trends over the last few years is too much. If he had an ounce of likability in him, I may actually feel sorry for him.

    It's amazing that this elitist, pompous, narcissistic propaganda peddler has lasted two years on the air, but then again, we're talking CNN, where journalism died a long time ago.

    January 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ichiro

      Yep, they probably find different ways to kill others or themselves.

      January 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Randy T

    Wow. 7 comments, must be his entire following. If he is so "sick" why doesn't he go home ?

    January 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. sage miller

    With Piers Morgan's temeramrnt, I don't think he could qualify for gun ownership.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. John Kegg

    Mr. Morgan, You repeatedly state you "dont get why Americans need AR15s". You say, "nobody has given me a reason". I have listened to you make that statement. New viewers may believe you have yet to hear an answer. But, after watching several programs, I have heard several guests explain their Common Sense, Coherent, Logical reasons. If you continue to make statements to the same effect, your regular viewers may think you are incapable of reasoning, or that you are deaf. The reason I can site you is that in the last 100 years, governments have slaughtered over 100,000,000 people. One-hundred MILLION. That includes men, women, AND children. Do not underestimate the evil that governments are capable of. Mass murderers, as bad as they are, pale in comparison to the power and evil capacity that ALL regimes are capable of. The Obama administration alone has killed hundreds of CHILDREN with drone strikes, and not a tear shed for their lost lives and innocence. When whatever gun control measures are taken, I challenge you to put this US government administration under the microscope and ask your audience and America at large why our technological power cannot eliminate our enemies "surgically", and instead indiscriminately take collateral damage and kill entire families. Please use your influence to save the world's innocent children, and not just our own.

    January 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edward Flanagan

      Well said !!!! You should take Piers place . It would be nice to watch someone that make sense now and then....

      January 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Alexander B

    Screw Piers Morgan! He's nothing short of a politician using dirty tactics to attempt to prove guns as evil. Cuts off people during debate, using terrible retaliation arguments ("How many gun crimes in Great Britain?" Don't worry, you won't get to reply for the other crime), and just being a terrible host.

    January 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thomas B

      Obviously he does not believe in any of our rights as Americans as he definitely is infringing on our freedom of speech by interrupting his guest and not letting them finish their answers!

      January 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. John Marti

    I think it's time to give Mr. Morgan's time slot to someone who loves this Country.

    January 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Marvin

    Mr. Morgan is the worst interviewer I have ever witnessed. I always enjoyed Larry King but I can't stomach this
    man any longer. If CNN doesn't wise up and get a replacement, they will surely loose viewers.

    January 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Edward Flanagan

    Please tell me why 30 years ago there was no mass killings or School shootings when my dad had a SKS & a AK47 that had 40 rd clip's . You could buy both guns for under $120.00 each. Yet you never seen this killing back then.
    I have both guns now & they still work 100% and never jam ever. There must be more to it then the AR/M16 and it's big bad clip's. new comment*** II'm good with the background checks even no clip over 20rds but i want my gun/// Please answer this !!!!!!!

    January 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edward Flanagan

      this is a test to see if i get a reply

      January 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply


    January 17, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chuck

      What does that have to do with this story

      January 18, 2013 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Billybob

    I think you have your head in the sand. if you think guns are the problem guns are mechanical it is the people behind the guns that are pull the trigger. do you think taking the guns out of the law abiding citizens is really going to decline the crime dos the criminals buy the gun legally no

    January 17, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Billybob

    does he ever answer on his blog

    January 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Griff.

    "Barack Obama? N'dio Obama Mbya mingi-sana. "

    January 17, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Ben

    Piers Morgan best gun salesman in the world. Watch him recieve his lifetime sales award this spring from the Gun Manufactures of America. Piers you have single handledy done what the NRA commercials, Charlie Heston on TV have not been able to do in 25-30 years to increase membership. Well done "Red Coat" for once again making people understand why we threw the British out so long ago. And by the way, Most of us do not care what Hollywood celebrities think or say. And most of us do not idolize them either.

    January 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nae

      LOL!!!!! The irony is rich!

      January 18, 2013 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Dale Johnson

    Mr. Morgan,

    I agree with you almost completely. However, you've developed a maddening habit of interrupting your guests...sometimes even when they are making a point that you probably agree with. But your tendency to interrupt has caused me to switch you off.

    Dale Johnson

    January 18, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Ann

    Pieers Morgan is a rude, obnoxious, arrogant personality, whose opinions are useless blabber. Who cares what he thinks about anything in this country! It is offensive that CNN has a host who is not a US citizen, trashing our country. If I want to know what some Brit thinks about whatever in this country, I'll check in with the BBC, which, by the way, is discerning enough not to hire Piers Morgan, unlike CNN. I could care less what Piers Morgan thinks about our gun laws or anything else in this country. Thank God for the remote control. Click. CNN OFF!

    January 18, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • HERB

      time will weed him out--he will take cause negatives on cnn ratings

      February 23, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Chuck

    When i first heard he was comming to CNN i thought cool, because he was cool on
    America's Got Talent, but within a year, the guy turned into just another liberal
    moutpeice, i never watch anymore, its worse than watching MSNBC,

    January 18, 2013 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elaine

      Just like I would never watch FAUX news. I do agree that his interrupting is rude, but I enjoy the debates.

      January 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Nonya Focken

    I question if you could beat yourself

    January 18, 2013 at 1:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Yvon Lebrun

    Hi Piers,

    I would like to refute the following article sent to me by a blogger who insists that what you said about gun deaths in Britain is blarney. Please help me put him in the right direction.....Thanks

    January 18, 2013 at 1:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    January 18, 2013 at 3:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Linda

    I watched several interviews and the question was asked "Can anyone own a tank?"
    The answer is yes as evidenced by the ownership of one by Arnold Schwartzenegger – see news articles about his agreement with the police to only drive it on Sundays in the L.A. area.

    January 18, 2013 at 5:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Fire Piers Morgan

    Fired for faking soldier abuse photos

    This isn't the first time Morgan, who loves to sensationalize and embellish, has been at the center of a journalistic ethics controversy. He was sacked from his position as editor of the Daily Mirror in 2004 for faking pictures of British soldiers in Iraq allegedly abusing a prisoner – photos that British Ministry of Defense officials said needlessly endangered the lives of British troops deployed at the time.

    According to reports, the paper issued a statement saying it had been the victim of Morgan's "calculated and malicious hoax," and that the Queen's Lancashire Regiment – the unit singled out by the Daily Mirror – had been "vindicated" by Morgan's dismissal.

    "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime," said a spokesman for the unit, Roger Goodman.

    Added deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, Michael Ancram, "The photos that were published in the Daily Mirror have done great damage to the reputation of our troops, who are serving under some of the most difficult conditions in Iraq."

    The BBC said the photos, which were published by the tabloid paper May 1, 2004, "appeared to show British troops torturing an Iraqi detainee."

    "In one picture a soldier is seen urinating on a hooded man while in another the hooded man is being hit with a rifle in the groin," the BBC said.

    The report noted that Morgan was ever-defiant and unrepentant to the end.

    "According to one report Mr. Morgan refused the demand to apologize, was sacked and immediately escorted from the building," the BBC's Nicholas Witchell.

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    January 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Timmervb

    Piers should be deported

    January 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Amro

    Piers,, you are nothing more than an arrogant, belligerant, rude, anti american, British ass! If you dont like this country then go back to your rock. How dare you lecture us on killing when your so called British Empire has massaccred millions over the years including your own citizens. Maybe you should read about your own history before you comment on anyone elses. Its time to get rid of this limey slob and get someone else in there. What's the matter they dont have any shows you can host in Britain? Or did they get sick of you as well and toss you over the pond?

    January 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Listen2reason

    Ok, I think it's time for CNN to step up and admit their own mistake. Piers Morgan needs to go. Let's replace his opinionated, self-righteous hour with some objective journalism. Instead of him trying to succeed Larry King, let him become the successor to Jerry Springer.

    January 19, 2013 at 10:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • walton resident

      Anti-Piers esceptionalists,you do protest too much. I am sure your american civil war was as disastrous as a single event. The Vatican and protestents have their own sins but the sad part is that humankind is not so kind.Piers spells out what the world thinks about USA exceptionalism where it is a right to give everything possible of armaments to any US citizens so he/she can steal and become a mass murderer. There is no country in the world that has a supply of weapons that surpass the numbers of it's own population. Calm down and start listening. You are not going in the right direction.

      January 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • HERB

      why berate jerry springer-–he is better than piers morgan - hands down !-

      February 23, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Enough_Is_Enough

    Quite frankly the American public has had enough of Piers. Although claiming to be a real journalist, he has obviously drank his own success kool-aid and it has gone to his head. Instead of rational arguments and creating a true forum for interactive debate, he has fallen into the tragic situation of letting his show become Jerry Springer like. Asking rapid fire questions that hold no true logical arguments, interupting his guests when they try to answer, consistently undermining those that have a different view than his, and then resorting to calling people names when he does not get his way; Piers does not display journalism excellence only the mockery of what CNN has become. CNN could take a few lessons from NPR on how it is done. Send Piers back to England if they will take him, because those Americans who want to watch CNN cant because he ruins it.

    January 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edward Flanagan

      Sorry, But your wasting your time. CNN has yet to remove him for what he did in the past & present . I know longer watch CNN because of Piers. Stand up and turn him off.... I got to say, I liked him on AGT TV show. He has well suited to be on a game show, Not CNN

      January 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Roger S

    Piers Morgan is brash uninformed loudmouth on many topics, and especially about the World Champion comment relative to the Super Bowl chamption, in that it's an American Sport. Others have stated that Piers should bring on the UK or EU team and let's see what happens.

    I see if differently. Piers probably believes the Soccer and Rugby players are tougher, and I'm sure it asked he will saythat. Moronic stance if so. I'll ask you one question: How man Soccer and Rugby players get knocked out on the field, receive concussions (yes unfortuanely and being addressed), and hit as hard as football players? Not convinced, they don't even where helmets and serious pads, so how could they possibly contest at the same level of roughness as our great football sport players?

    Ridiculous Piers!!

    February 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. benkeysdesign



    Piers asked the guest tonight, "why there aren't shootings on airplanes?" ... Is he suggesting the eradication of guns from the planet??? An irrelevant analogy.

    February 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. JJ

    With PM, CNN's credibility as a news organization took a huge dive. CNN has lost their way.

    February 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. HERB

    why isn't Fox news luring Piers over to their band of merry men--- he has driven many people away from cnn--

    February 23, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  35. pjeanneus

    Please replace Piers Morgan. He is biased and rude. Larry King was never like this. Isn't there someone who can do objective interviews and let the experts speak?

    July 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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