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February 6th, 2013
11:13 PM ET

Dick Morris on being let go by FOX: "I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs"

One day removed from formally parting ways with Fox News, and on the heels of a historically poor prediction prior to the 2012 Presidential Election, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Dick Morris for a live, face to face, interview.

In early November, the widely recognizable political pundit proudly claimed that Republican candidate Mitt Romney would not only defeat Barack Obama, but that he would do so in a landslide. Tonight the 64-year-old discussed the circumstances surrounding his recent firing, and any correlation between his grossly inaccurate forecasting.

"I had a wonderful talk with Roger Ailes [president of Fox News Channel] - who I really respect - a week ago. And he said in this business, you're up, you're down. Nothing is final or fatal," revealed the guest.

"Why are you down now," asked the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.

"Because I was wrong, and I was wrong at the top of my lungs," Morris admittedly honestly.

Asked by Piers Morgan if he resented the way he was let go by the network, the guest took the high road:
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February 6th, 2013
04:20 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Miscavige Hill on her uncle, Michelle Rhee on paying teachers more than athletes

Two days since the church of Scientology aired a powerful if not divisive television commercial during the Super Bowl, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed one of the organization's most-outspoken critics to share a unique blend of insight and perspective.

Prior to leaving the group in 2005, Jenna Miscavige Hill grew up amidst the life first founded by infamous author L. Ron Hubbard and even remained with the organization for five years after her parents left.

In her recently released book "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape," Miscavige Hill details her experiences within a religious group often accused of being a cult that brainwashes its members, and forces children into long hours of unlawful labor.

Speaking live with Piers Morgan, the guest fielded questions about the church's current leader, her uncle David Miscavige:

"Is he an evil man?" Morgan asks.

"Yes," came her response, before adding further context. "As you'll read in my book, like, he has both sides, though. You know, like when I was younger growing up, you know, you sort of see a different side of him. But then you see how things gradually change. And I don't know if that was the evolution of his personality or if it was how he, you know, talked to me as a child and then as I became an adult."

Asked by Morgan to explain the worst parts of a life lived within the walls of the secretive religion, Miscavige spoke of feeling trapped, with no ability to make her own choices:

"I would say the worst part of Scientology is that, you know, it's their doctrine or the highway," she said. "Which is what is so ironic about that Super Bowl ad. It talks about how, you know, seekers of knowledge and think for yourself, but you can't think for yourself when you're there."

Tuesday's program, meanwhile, also saw the host turn his attention to the issue of education in America, as Morgan welcomed Michelle Rhee.
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February 6th, 2013
02:45 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Robert Zimmerman Jr. and Daniel Hernandez on gun control

As much of the nation continues to debate the polarizing topic of guns, and firearm legislation, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Robert Zimmerman Jr. back to the program to discuss the stand-your-ground law in relation to gun control. The brother of the man who shot Trayvon Martin, spoke out against any ban on firearms, noting that when it comes to gun laws, "the reality is criminals don't care."

"Very restrictive gun laws, they don't matter in the hands of a madman." said Zimmerman. "I mean, guns don't fire themselves. And unfortunately I think what we need to ban is turning a blind eye on the mental health crisis that we have in this country. That's what really needed to be banned."

Also on the program, Daniel Hernandez, the former intern who helped to save the life of Gabby Giffords after she was shot at a constituent event in 2011 sat down with Piers Morgan and gave his insight on gun control and the gun culture in America. "I come from Arizona. It's a place that has a shooting culture," said Hernandez. "I've gone hunting with my dad. I had my own weapon when I was younger. But it's a part of our culture that we don't like to talk about and we don't like to really take it head-on."

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Need to Know News: Obama calls for short-term fix to imminent spending cuts, 8.0-magnitude earthquake near Solomon Islands
February 6th, 2013
10:06 AM ET

Need to Know News: Obama calls for short-term fix to imminent spending cuts, 8.0-magnitude earthquake near Solomon Islands

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 6, 2013 – Barack Obama calls for short-term fix to imminent spending cuts, 8.0-magnitude earthquake near Solomon Islands and the Monopoly iron gets voted out in favor of a cat...

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