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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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