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June 14th, 2013
06:10 PM ET

Billy Ray Cyrus on fame: "The higher you go, the further you fall"

Tonight on "Piers Morgan Live," country music legend Billy Ray Cyrus sits down to discuss his new book “Hillbilly Heart” and the struggles of living in the spotlight. Cyrus himself has experienced the ups and downs of the “rocket ride” to stardom, and his daughter, Miley Cyrus’s journey to stardom is a reminder of how hard that journey can be.

“In this business, the higher you go, the further you fall,” says Cyrus, but he reminds Piers that “there’s a good side of it, that anything you can dream, you can be, have or do, and it can go really, really high. But the bad news is, as Kris Kristofferson said to me, 'the turkey with the longest neck is going to be the one everybody is shooting at.'”

Cyrus, as both a celebrity and as a father to five, understands that fame truly is a double edged sword.

Watch the clip to hear Cyrus’ opinions on Justin Bieber and how he prepared Miley for fame. Then tune in tonight at 9 for the full interview, to hear more about the recent developments in this Hillbilly’s heart.
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  1. Charma Roumeliote

    I missed this episode and really wanted to see the interview with Billy Ray. Will it air again or is it available online?

    June 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. brasstacs

    Last week the gun grabbing tabloid writer Piers Morgan reported on his show,that the Santa Monica shooter used a Bushmaster assault rifle the same rifle that was used at the Sandy Hook shooting...It is now known that the shooter did not use a Bushmaster but instead milled out an upper receiver himself,and pieced together a rifle from other parts..and either Morgan deliberately lied and made up his own facts or didn't bother to verify the true facts...either way this proves how irresponsible Morgan is on these stories because of his gun grabbing agenda...Morgan has a history of corruption and scandal and was once fired and escorted from the building of the Dailey Mirror for faking photos...Morgan can't be trusted for accurate reporting on anything he has a bias for..this is not reporting news stories or useful commentary, this is spreading untrue propaganda and it's not acceptable...It's mystery why CNN still keeps him on the air with his dismal ratings, and his misleading stories.

    June 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Melissa Houston

    Hello brasstacs, These are the words Piers actually said: " We know now officially that he had a handgun but that he also had a 223 Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle which is exactly the same type of weapon that was used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook and the same weapon used by James Holmes the shooter at Aurora. "

    At the time when the story was first reported, all media from NBC Los Angeles to the New York Times reported the shooter had used a 223 semi-automatic rifle or an AR-15 style rifle. A .223 semi-automatic rifle is a Bushmaster as Piers reported. The original police report had indicated that the weapon used was probably an AR-15. It wasn't until later that it was discovered that the shooter built his own .223 semi-automatic rifle.

    Piers Morgan is not irresponsible. He does not have a history of corruption or scandal. It's no mystery why Piers is on the air. Piers Morgan is on the air because he belongs on the air.

    June 17, 2013 at 6:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scare The Pilgrim

      Question,, was your fathers name Charlie and did he shoot Trap at the Huber Heights Rod & Gun club in the early 1970's? If So I am your illegitimate born out of wedlock sons uncle. Not a Joke.Not a Poke at Piers Morgan or his comments. If you THE Melissa Houston I speak of , contact me by placing another comment here. My younger brother ( age 14 when he got your 18 year old body pregnant ) has 3 more sons . 2 Sons by his 1st wife, 1 by his second and he is now happliy on his 3rd marraige. He joined the U.S. Army at 19 years old, had 8 years computer training and has worked as a Security Systems Design engineer for almost 30 years and is quite successfull. Another man in the family would be welcomed with open arms . If you have a son and he is my nephew allow him to read this or just tell him you found his Uncle Randy . Again ,not a joke, could it be a small world ?? If your not the woman I speak of I hope you live in California,,,its the only way your comment can make any sense to someone who lives in Ohio and still shoots trap at age 54. ATA Member # 4046233 since 1970,,joined on my 12th birthday. w w w . s h o o t a t a . c om

      June 17, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • brasstacs

      Why is it that the anti gun people know so little about what they're talking about ??... "Bushmaster" is a brand name for rifles..just like " Ford" is a brand name for a car manufacturer.And the original press release statement by the police said that it was a semi automatic rifle but probably NOT an AR type ..Morgan falsely reported that the Santa Monica shooter used a Bushmaster AR without any regard for the facts.for his gun grabbing agenda ..and it was a lie....Period. As far as Morgan's pock marked deceitful scandalous corrupt history goes ..that is a matter of record,and easy to verify.

      June 17, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Scare The Pilgrims

    By Now We All Know The Gun In America Wins. All These Smoke & Mirror Gun Laws Needed Pleads and Demands are all designed to steer the common American from Obamas list of Failures which like a Log Jam in the 1920's Kentucky river is rising fast. Face it. Posting indefense of your gunrights is wasted time and energy,,these clowns are no threat to your guns but are a negative influence on family,,time with family is not wasted time,,any time from here on out on CNN is just the biggest waste of any Adults Hour Glass Sand,,grain by grain,,gone with no worthy result except a Big Piers Morgan " I Don't UnderStand Americans,,,,,,,,,,," We know,,,,,,,, Mr.Morgan,,,,,,,,,,,,We Know ..

    June 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Melissa Houston

    To brasstacs, I continue to Support & Stand firmly with Piers regarding his unshakeable position in reference to his photo publishing situation which you referred to in your posts. I don't need to verify any of the records regarding Piers' departure from his job as Editor of the Daily Mirror because I was over there when all of the action took place. I recall that May evening my heart went out to Piers. Piers Morgan is an Innocent man.

    Piers Morgan & most of us who follow him are not anti-gun. Piers does not have a " gun grabbing agenda " , as your post claims. We are not anti-gun. We are in support of gun control...there is a difference.

    Bushmaster is a brand name but it is also a separate product. The name Bushmaster is derived from the largest poisonous snakes in Central & South America ie pit vipers. The Bushmaster Firearms Company, the top supplier of AR-15 style rifles in the United States uses the Registered Trademark of a large red snake with an AR-15 style rifle pictured on the snake's coiled body. When purchasing one of these weapons, many stores/sites catalog the item as: Bushmaster-Bushmaster referring first to the brand and then to the product itself...Piers never falsely reported any subject.

    To Scare the Pilgrim, In response to your above question: I do have an Uncle Charlie but my father's name was not Charlie. I am not the woman for whom you appear to be searching. Yes, I do live in California. Godspeed with your search.

    June 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Shirl

    I don't agree with everything you say but I have to admit you have a great blog.

    October 8, 2013 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. In Home Personal Training Long Island

    I love this 'the turkey with the longest neck is going to be the one everybody is shooting at.'” This is so true. It's like the
    movies American Gangster. Once he wore that white fur jacket, it was over for him.
    I think it still has more benefits then negatives.
    "anything you can dream, you can be, have or do, and it can go really, really high!" It's the truth.

    December 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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