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December 11th, 2013
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Donald Trumps wallet, Franklin on Billy Graham's health, and the man who inspired Ron Burgundy

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Trump talks wallets, e-mailing, mobile phones, and future political goals

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan sat down with Donald Trump for an exclusive interview, asking the famed business magnate as similar question to the one he recently asked fellow billionaire Warren Buffett: What's in your wallet?

“I have very little cash on me. I like to keep it that way. You know it's very sad. I go to a restaurant and almost every time they say, ‘Mr. Trump it's on me,’ the owner: ‘Mr. Trump it's on me, no charge, Mr. Trump,’ no I never need cash,” he revealed.

After originally noting that he doesn't even carry an actual wallet, Trump did confess to using two different cellphones:

“Well I have Apple and I have Samsung and I have a lot of stock in Apple and I want them to do a bigger screen, because I do like the bigger Samsung screen, and so far they haven't been listening to me. I've been tweeting.”

When asked about rumors he would run for Governor of New York, Trump said the city is in trouble – but he's not be making any decisions just yet:

“You can straighten these things out, it wouldn't be hard to straighten New York out at, it wouldn't be so hard to straighten the country out," claimed the man behind America's "The Apprentice" franchise. "Lots of things could happen but I'll be really deciding what I do some time after January.”

  • Franklin Graham on the status of his father’s health

On Wednesday night, Piers Morgan was joined by Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritans Purse, and son of widely-known American Evangelist Billy Graham.

Just recently, the guest's famous father contracted a respiratory infection, and as a result, his health is in decline. However, the famous religious leader was able to celebrate his 95th birthday, a realization that his son recognizes as yet another life milestone:

“We had a celebration about 900 people were in the room that night. And it was a wonderful evening and I think that was the best I've seen him in several years, the strongest, [most] articulate.”

On the heels of the recent death of Nelson Mandela, the "Piers Morgan Live" noted the parallels of accomplishments between Graham and the former South African president.

The pair had corresponded over the years, and Graham said his dad shared Mandela’s view on racism in South Africa:

“He felt that apartheid was doomed. And he always spoke out against it. He spoke out against segregation in this country.”

  • Mort Crim on being the inspiration for “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy

In recent interviews, “Anchorman” star Will Ferrell has revealed that the inspiration of his iconic Ron Burgundy character came from real life former broadcast journalist Mort Crim.

Crim, who’s career took off in the late 70’s as a co-anchor for WDIV-TV, Detroit's NBC affiliate, says he recognizes that the film and its characters are just meant for laughs.

“I thought it was good satire, I thought it was good parody, and that's exactly what 'Anchorman' is," noted Crim, explaining how he is also able to enjoy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," another fictional work that pokes fun at local news anchors. "So, I not only don't take offense, but I laugh as hard as anyone, because it's - I tell my friends, it's not a documentary.”

Crim admits when younger journalist Jessica Savitch joined him as co-anchor, it created some tension – though he says it wasn't because Savitch was a woman.

“I don't think it was chauvinism in terms of gender so much as it was a feeling and maybe there is a little arrogance here,” said Crim.

Crim says he felt after 15 years of experience, he had “earned his stripes” in the business.

“I think the antagonism that we may have felt or the resistance was not so much because it was a woman coming in but because it was somebody that we didn't feel had earned the position,” he explained, adding some context to analogy between his relationship with Savitch, and that between Burgundy and Christina Applegate's Veronica Corningstone character.

Crim's fictionalized Ron Burgundy persona returns to theaters next week as "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is released on December 18th.

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  1. lew

    Piers Morgan took a dive last night, interviewing Don Trump and Franklin Grahm. Since when did Trump become something other than s joke? And Jesus Christ the only way to salvation? Piers, watch your ratings go down starting now.

    December 13, 2013 at 6:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
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