With Piers Morgan having safely landed across the pond, on Monday evening Donny Deutsch returned to CNN's New York studios, filling in for his friend, and in the process, punching the clock with a fourth appearance as a "Piers Morgan Tonight" guest host.
Joined by a roundtable of All-Stars that featured the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Stan Van Gundy, Abby Huntsman, and Faith Salie, the television host and NBC "Today" show contributor unveiled his "9 at 9," using his primetime platform to tackle the country's hottest topics of conversation.
On the heels of recent chatter focused around the weight of various public figures – including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and actress Melissa McCarthy – Deutch asked his panel about America's obesity epidemic.
Jokingly wondering if the particular line of questioning was directed solely at him, Van Gundy chimed in:
"I can talk about this more directly, I know that's why I'm here," said the former NBA coach. "Look, it's not like I don't have mirrors in my house. I know the way I look. I know what I'm supposed to do. I just don't do it."
Bringing up the issue of genetics, Vaynerchuk opined about additional outside factors:
This evening at 9, television personality and "Today" show contributor Donny Deutsch kicks off "Guest Host Week" on "Piers Morgan Tonight."
As seen in the clip above, Deutsch will literally be keeping host Piers Morgan's chair warm for the fourth time, inviting guests Faith Salie, Gary Vaynerchuk, Stan Van Gundy and Abby Huntsman to tackle the trending topics of the day, including the resignation of Pope Benedict, gun control, and weight gain and loss among public figures.
Tune in tonight to see Deutsch's signature style of "cheeky" interview as demonstrated in a previous discussion with Lara Spencer from "Good Morning America," tennis superstar Serena Williams, finance guru Suze Orman, and "CBS This Morning"'s Gayle King where they discussed the salacious guilty pleasure for a good portion of the female population, the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book franchise.
See the clip where King tells Deutsch, "I don't want spanking of any kind," and join Deutsch at 9 p.m. for what will likely be a night of great discussion, with a dash of Deutch's brand of fun and mischief.
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With a manhunt still underway in California, on Friday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Dr. Xavier Amador to share new insight and perspective on the psychology of Christopher Jordan Dorner, the man suspected of targeting and murdering three people related to the Los Angeles Police department.
Joining guest host Chris Cumono live via Skype, the founder and director of the LEAP Institute reviewed the entire case file, digesting exactly what led to Dorner's dismissal from the LAPD, and surmising that there was "absolutely no basis in reality for his [Dorner's] complaints that he was mistreated, that there was any kind of police corruption."
Joining the program for the second time in as many days, Amador defended the LAPD in their process of evaluating, and eventually firing Dorner:
"This is a very, very thorough, carefully done investigation, from my reading of it," he said, regarding analysis of the case file. "The finding in the complaint, his being dismissed from the LAPD, and asking for help, desperately asking for help after - all this happened one month after he returned from Iraq."
Friday's program also saw Chris Swecker speaking live with Cuomo, offering context as to how Dorner's military and police training make him an extremely difficult foe:
"He's sort of the triple threat," said the former assistant director of the FBI. "He's a cop killer. He's a former police officer. And he's got military training, and he's heavily armed."
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