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As CNN's brand new morning show "New Day" prepares to launch next week, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan invited co-anchors Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo to preview the much-awaited debut.
With some playful prodding from her counterpart Cuomo, who nudged "Come on, tell him. Tell him what you've been doing," Bolduan disclosed details of the strict routine she's using that's intended to prepare her for the 6:00 a.m. airtime:
“To get ready for it, I've been calling it my spring training,” Bolduan admitted.
“We're very competitive,” she said about her relationship with Cuomo, “so I really want to be ready even earlier.”
As for exactly how early is "early," in the eyes of a morning show anchor:
“I was waking up at 2:15,” confessed the woman, still weeks shy of her 30 birthday, who's soon to become the youngest morning show anchor on any major TV network.
Horrified by Bolduan's alarm clock accomplishments, Morgan was aghast:
"Are you serious? You freak!"
With CNN's "New Day" morning show to debut on Monday, on Thursday night "Piers Morgan Live" took a look back at all the work Chris Cuomo has already contributed to CNN.
With a resume chock-full of network experience – include stints with FOX, ABC, and NBC – Cuomo's been a big name in news for years. Posed with a question about his early impression of CNN, Cuomo had a single, specific word in mind: “Big.”
“Big personalities like you," he said, with a nod to Piers Morgan. "Big resources. Big priorities. There's a lot of manpower here. And big responsibility. What you do is so much harder than what I'm used to doing. That was the big growing pain for me coming here is, 'how am I going to do this for five hours when this story is developing in front of me?'”
For the 42-year-old Yale graduate, with the power of speaking on behalf of a news source like CNN, comes a certain level of expectation:
“I think what motivates me is that people need us. They need us to be there to connect to what happens in the world emotionally and intellectually and to fight the fight. You only get one chance to wake up in the morning.”
As fire continues to rage in Colorado, destroying land and homes in spectacular fashion, on Thursday "Piers Morgan Live" invited Kyle Kirkland to share his personal story of disaster:
"I was actually at work, and I got a text message from one of my boys' parents on my soccer team asking me if we've been evacuated and not knowing what was going on," he said in a live interview. "I turned the radio on and by that time we were already in the mandatory evacuation, so I ended up locking up the gym early, speeding down the Black Forest to grab the dogs."
Despite warnings from the authorities, the soccer coach arrived as the fire was burning, and opted to go into his home, for three very important reasons:
"The police had already closed it off and I got out of my car and I asked them 'listen, I have three dogs, it will take me five minutes to get down there, I'll be back within a flash,'" explained Kirkland. "He told me that I was risking my own life and obviously did what I have to do, they're family."
Standing alongside Kirkland, Danielle Byrne revealed the moment the gravity of the situation actually hit her:
"It didn't actually hit me until I went to Target and I had to buy all these things that I already should have had like socks and undergarments, shampoo, conditioner. Spending all this money on stuff that I had in my house, that obviously, I no longer have," she said. "I mean, I wanted to have a meltdown. I mean, I felt homeless. I mean, I felt out of place."
As details about the ongoing NSA scandal continue to unfold, on Thursday Piers Morgan invited Buzzfeed tech editor John Herrman, and Leap Institute founder Xavier Amador, to offer their assesment of Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old man recently revealed to be the man who leaked details of the NSA's data-mining program.
“He’s definitely a geek,” said Herrman. "People who are kind of from the Internet and spend a lot of time on forums and online community sort of recognize him as a type.”
This type being, he explains, is “a bit of a know-it-all. A little bit of a troll, but also a guy with very strong convictions about privacy, and freedom of information, and government.”
Amador, meanwhile, pointed out that Snowden’s “strong convictions” and assumed “grandiosity” do not change the fact that Snowden took an oath:
“You know, I have top secret clearance. People I know who have it, you take an oath, and you take an oath to keep a secret, even knowing full well that there may be things that you learn from the government that you're morally and ethically opposed to and that's a decision he had to make.”
According to Amador, Snowden either committed these actions because he has “an immature personality, grandiosity or he’s been compromised.”