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February 1st, 2013
05:13 PM ET

Ed Koch on New York City: "We are once again the international capital of the world. I honestly, truly believe that"

On Friday, former mayor Ed Koch passed away at the age of 88. Three weeks prior to his death, the legendary New York City politician gave Piers Morgan what is believed to be his final interview, and in a tribute to the late leader, tonight the host will air portions of that interview during his 9 p.m. program.

Seated across from Koch on January 8, the British television presenter revealed the stigma surrounding New York prior to Koch's reign:

"When I first came here, I think in the mid-'70s, it was pretty rough," revealed the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "I mean, I felt pretty intimidated walking around as a young 13 or 14 year old in Central Park."

Understanding such a sentiment, Koch admits that it was "reasonable to feel that way."

Noting that things have changed quite a bit during the course of the last four decades, Morgan says that there has "been an extraordinary transformation under a succession of mayors, starting with you." FULL POST

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February 1st, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Koch on being the mayor of NYC: "On my gravestone, I say I fiercely love the people of the City of New York"

With the news that the legendary Ed Koch passed away earlier this morning, tonight at 9 Piers Morgan will roll video of his recent conversation with the late New York City mayor.

Believed to be the final interview that Koch gave, roughly three weeks ago the 88-year-old joined the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, who asked him about his legacy:

"When you look at your own grave, which is something that very, very few people ever do, Mr. Mayor, what do you think?," asked Morgan.

Drawing a gray line between religion and faith, Koch waxed poetic about life following death: FULL POST

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February 1st, 2013
12:03 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Jennifer Lawrence burst into the studio; J. Cheney Mason on Casey Anthony

It's not every day an Oscar nominee bursts into the studio, in the middle of a segment, with live cameras still rolling. However, that is precisely what took place Thursday evening, as actress Jennifer Lawrence emerged on "Piers Morgan Tonight," joining her "Silver Linings Playbook" director, David O. Russell.

Having just completed another show across town, the 22-year-old hustled her way through Los Angeles, dramatically appearing across from Piers Morgan, and instantly landing in his good graces:

"This is as good as it gets, the world's hottest actress, better late than never, young lady," proclaimed the host.

Tearing into an issue of "Rolling Stone Magazine," Morgan read a recent review, embarrassing his guest with each passing phrase:

"She's rude, dirty, funny, foul-mouthed, sloppy, sexy, vibrant and vulnerable, sometimes all in the same scene, even in the same breath," quoted the British television presenter. "No list of best actress Oscar contenders would be complete without the electrifying Lawrence in the lead. She lights up the screen."

Fully putting Lawrence on the spot, Morgan then proceeded to list the various adjectives, one by one, asking her to agree or disagree:

"Are you dirty?" came one of his questions.

"Well, I mean - I'm not dirty. What does that mean? No, I am not dirty," she objected. "I'm not afraid of dirt."

When Lawrence declined to agree with the notion that she's sexy, Morgan seemed dumbfounded: FULL POST

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Need to Know News:  New York's brash former mayor, Ed Koch, dies at 88; Suicide bombing kills one outside U.S. Embassy in Turkey
February 1st, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Need to Know News: New York's brash former mayor, Ed Koch, dies at 88; Suicide bombing kills one outside U.S. Embassy in Turkey

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 February 1, 2013 – New York's brash former mayor, Ed Koch, dies at 88, suicide bombing kills one outside U.S. Embassy in Turkey and under-the-radar players to watch in Super Bowl XLVII...


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