In advance of an upcoming documentary centered around the Penn State scandal, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed John Ziegler for a contentious and combative interview that featured raised voices, and heightened emotions.
Insisting that the late Joe Paterno was fired without cause from his post as head football coach of the Nittany Lions, the 45-year-old Ziegler said his film is simply about finding the truth. When Piers Morgan countered by suggesting that Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky's inappropriate behavior, and even aided in a cover-up, Ziegler resorted to personal insults draped in sarcasm:
"You know nothing about this case. I know you won 'Celebrity Apprentice,' so you must be really smart," he bellowed. "You seem to think this is a commercial endeavor. This is not a commercial endeavor."
Writing off his guest's insults as simply offensive for the sake of shock value, the host goes on to read a statement from the Paterno family, noting that "nobody wants you doing this."
Suggesting that Ziegler is only serving to put the victims through additional trauma, while also attacking the Paterno family in the process, Morgan inquires about the specific motivation behind the documentary:
"My only agenda here is to find out what happened," he stated. "You guys in the media didn't do a good job of that. You bought into a narrative that makes no sense and for which there is no proof."
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Morgan and Ziegler engage in a fiery exchange of ideas and opinion, in the process even tossing around a few insults.
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