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January 18th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

Charlie Sheen on the NFL Playoffs: "The Ravens are going to win ... it's Ray Lewis' year"

Following his honest and entertaining interview with Piers Morgan (airs tonight at 9 p.m.,) earlier this week guest Charlie Sheen was gracious enough to share a few moments as part of an exclusive, behind the scenes interview.

Joining Digital Producer Jason Kurtz in the studio, the actor explained why he'd agreed to return to the program after having first been interviewed on "Piers Morgan Tonight" amidst a whirlwind period of media attention and public scrutiny following his departure from CBS's "Two and a Half Men."

"He treated you pretty fair," said Kurtz, referring to the interview that's since been dubbed "Round 1." "Is that part of the reason you came back?"

"Absolutely. I've thought about visiting in the past couple of years – a lot sooner than this – because of the time we had the first time," explained Sheen. "But he's an absolute pro, and a perfect gentleman."

A noted sports fan, who's portrayed many an athlete on both television and in film, Kurtz asked Sheen to do a bit of football foreshadowing: FULL POST

Filed under: Green Room
January 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET

Tyler Hamilton on the Oprah interview: "Last night I did see ... for Lance Armstrong ... quite a bit of emotion ... by his standards"

Less than 24 hours removed from Oprah Winfrey's worldwide exclusive interview with Lance Armstrong, on Friday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Tyler Hamilton to share his reaction to Thursday evening's revealing conversation.

Seated across from Morgan while the pair reviewed video from the evening before, Armstrong's former teammate offered his initial sentiments:

"It's nice to hear him finally own up to some of his faults."

Though the man who won seven Tour de France titles - all while doping, as he admitted to Winfrey last night - did come clean to a certain degree, Morgan felt there was an overall lack of contrition:

"He didn't seem very apologetic, throughout the interview, to me," said the host.

Hamilton indicated his Armstrong's demeanor in the interview was entirely within character:

"He's never been one to be super apologetic. I don't ever think he apologized back in the day when we were teammates for a whole lot of anything, really," explained the man stripped of his 2004 Olympic gold medal for his own doping use. "He doesn't show a lot of emotion. Last night I did see – for Lance Armstrong – quite a bit of his standards."

As the original interview aired on OWN Thursday, Morgan anchored his own show live, breaking in with video of Armstrong's first-ever admission.

Seeing the clip for the first time, only moments after it was broadcast around the world, the man who had openly criticized the cyclist many times before, offered his analysis: FULL POST

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Filed under: The Big Story
January 18th, 2013
02:49 PM ET

Sheen on Lohan: "If she'd asked me questions about some of my own stuff, I would have gladly given her advice...but she didn't"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes a guest whom the host introduces by simply saying "he's honest, he's funny, candid and completely, gloriously unpredictable." The gentleman in question – who joins Piers Morgan in studio for a primetime interview – is the infamous Charlie Sheen.

Two years since the actor's last appearance on the program, which came amidst a whirlwind period of media attention and public scrutiny as part of his leaving CBS's "Two and a Half Men, tonight Sheen opens up about another well-known Hollywood partygoer, actress and recording artist Lindsay Lohan.

Having worked together on the film "Scary Movie 5," Sheen details the circumstances behind a rather large sum of money he passed along to the 26-year-old.

"Why did you give Lindsay Lohan $100,000?" asks Morgan.

"I thought I was going to get it back," jokes Sheen. "No, no, no. It wasn't about that."

In truth, the money was simply to cover the fee that Lohan was promised, but not paid, for her work on the movie: FULL POST

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Filed under: The Piers Morgan Interview
January 18th, 2013
12:06 PM ET

Clips from Last Night: Hoda Kotb on being on the "Today" show without alcohol; Mark Sanford on how he learned from scandal

On Thursday evening Piers Morgan welcomed the "Today" show's Hoda Kotb for a fun and very "sober" interview.

Known for her alcohol "enriched" 10 a.m. hour with co-host Kathy Lee Gifford, Kotb shared details of an alcohol abstinence plan that the pair plan to extend through the month.

"It's depressing," Kotb joked. "It's a tough hour to get through."

Morgan then asked Kotb if she'd recommend alcohol for the rest of the "Today" cast to which she teased, "nothing like lubing it up a little. I don't think it could hurt."

Earlier in the program, live guest Mark Sanford opened up about returning to the national spotlight, and embarking upon a new run for Congress.

The one-time South Carolina Governor spoke honestly about how his public failings had humbled him, and opened his eyes to a new learning experience. FULL POST

Need to Know News:  'Deeply flawed' Lance Armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs; 650 hostages freed by Algerian special forces
January 18th, 2013
10:34 AM ET

Need to Know News: 'Deeply flawed' Lance Armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs; 650 hostages freed by Algerian special forces

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 18, 2013 – 'Deeply flawed' Lance Armstrong admits using performance-enhancing drugs, 650 hostages freed by Algerian special forces and sports writer thinks Manti Te'o may have embellished his relationship...


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