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On Friday night, Piers Morgan signed off as "Piers Morgan Live" host for the final time.
Nearly forty months since the show first launched, we thank you all for watching, and in the words of our fearless leader, "even those who implacably disagreed with me, or just found my funny accent annoying."
Thank you, and goodnight.
During the course of more than 39 groundbreaking months inside a trademark blue-green studio, Piers Morgan welcomed a diverse combination of headline-grabbing newsmakers, influential religious leaders and political power players.
But as multi-faceted as was his collection of guests, the host's goals always reflected a singular approach: ask thought-provoking questions, tell great stories and share unique perspective.
As such, CNN's 9 p.m. primetime hour regularly made viewers think, occasionally made guests cry and always made for good television.
Now, in honor of his final hours anchoring the show as only he could, it is with great pride and pleasure that we share some of Piers Morgan's most iconic and symbolic interviews.
From Oprah to Charlie Sheen, as well as Betty White, Tom Hanks and Ricky Gervais, "Piers Morgan Live" has been a regular stomping ground for names that resonate across households and Hollywood.
In his more than three years as host of CNN's premier interview program, Piers Morgan deftly navigated the fine line between invasive and inquisitive, keeping his A-List guests on their toes, while keeping America on the edge of its proverbial seat.
Now, with no more questions about "proper love" left to be asked, we proudly present a collection of some of his most entertaining and endearing celebrity conversations.
In his more than three years as host of a primetime program on CNN, Piers Morgan never shied away from controversy, never dodged a critique, never sidestepped an emotional exchange.
And as a result, for 39 months, the coveted nine o'clock time slot was home to jaw-dropping explosions, passionate outbursts and raw, powerful questions and confrontations.
Now, as Morgan prepares to leave his iconic blue and green studio behind, we proudly present a collection of some of his most fiery moments.
It's been more than three decades since Vanessa Williams trailblazed her way across the national landscape, capturing the crown as Miss America 1984, in the process becoming the first ever African-American to win the prestigious pageant.
Thirty-one years later, another woman of color has leaped into the hearts of America, as Lupita Nyong'o – born six months before Williams' win – earned the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in the process becoming an instant media darling.
Prior to Nyong'o's win at the Oscars, the 31-year-old with dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship gave an impassioned speech at the annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in California, admitting that as a young girl she prayed for lighter skin, as her dark complexion subjected her to ridicule and feelings of inadequacy.
Admitting to wishing she “would wake up lighter skinned,” the "12 Years A Slave" actress went on to explain how the emergence of model Alek Wek, who like herself boasted skin "dark as night," helped her to embrace her own beauty. FULL POST
If Jerry and George were still meeting at the diner, would social media mess with their marble rye?
CNN host Piers Morgan sat down with actor Jason Alexander, the man who brought the character George Constanza to life, and before long the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday found its way into the conversation.
Dedicated to bringing the characters of television’s most successful American comedy series into the twenty-first century, "Modern Seinfeld" looks to stay true to the show, while using current pop culture references and scenarios.
Sharing some favorites with his guest, Morgan sought Alexander's response.
"One reads: ‘George promises not to watch 'House of Cards' without his girlfriend, but can't help himself. She dumps him when he badly pretends to be surprised.’ Another reads: ‘George's ex changes her HBO Go password, George tries to reconcile with her just long enough to get the new one.’"
Alexanders enjoys the reference, but questions the originality of the author.
“That's Bosco,” Alexander told Morgan. “That's the big - it's a rehash of the Bosco...”
In addition to suggesting themes, "Modern Seinfeld" also often tweets nuances of the show’s characters. FULL POST
It's not every day a former President of the United States stops by the "Piers Morgan Live" studio.
But that is precisely what happened in March, as Jimmy Carter joined Piers Morgan to discuss the seemingly unaddressed human rights abuses that he hopes his new book will help reverse.
“It's very similar to the racial discrimination I knew when I was a boy, uh, living on the farm when the same thing happened just to black people in particularly the South and some other parts of the world,” said Carter, speaking of gender inequalities impacting women. “The white people deplored it, but they didn't do anything about it, most of them, because it really was beneficial to them to be given the best jobs and the best education and all the advantages over our black neighbors.”
The 39th President of the United States, whose time in office was marked by global humanitarian efforts, is the author of over 30 books ranging from global policy and presidential power to personal journeys in his faith and family. He is a man with an endless list of accomplishments, however the collection of goals he's yet to tackle may be more lengthy. At the top of his list today is helping to promote and create the fair and equal treatment of women.
“In our American universities, there is horrible sexual violence, very seldom reported,” said the author of "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power", his newest work. “The same thing happens in the U.S. military, as you know.” FULL POST
Note: After this interview taped, Monday, David Cassidy was ordered to spend five years on probation after pleading no contest to a drunken driving charge in Los Angeles.
Singer and songwriter David Cassidy may be best known for his role in the famed 1970's sitcom "The Partridge Family", but during his most recent adult years, the former teen pop-star has become equally infamous for his struggles with alcohol.
Despite immense professional success, during a "Piers Morgan Live" web exclusive Cassidy revealed that drinking may have ultimately destroyed his personal life: FULL POST
It's now been two full weeks since Flight 370 disappeared and questions and theories far outweigh clues and concrete information.
But could the key to solving this mystery be found among satellite-tracked buoys?
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" on Friday evening, Oceanography researcher Luca Centurioni demonstrated how such instruments may aid in the search for debris in the Indian Ocean.
"We have an element which is underwater. We call it a drug. And that will make sure the drifter follows the ocean currents," explained Centurioni, detailing the first element in a three tier process. "Then we have another sensor which is a temperature sensor. It measures the temperature of the water. And then very importantly we have another sensor which is atmospheric pressure sensor ... and what we do, we feed all the data in real time to anyone who can make use of it." FULL POST
As the search for debris in the Indian Ocean continues, the families of the passengers of Flight 370 find themselves in a difficult position. While they remain desperate for answers, confirmation of aircraft wreckage would almost certainly mean the loss of loved ones.
Eleven years ago Joe Padilla went through a similar ordeal, as the plane his brother boarded went missing in May of 2003. It hasn't been heard from since.
Joining "Piers Morgan Live" Thursday evening, Padilla shared a bit of his story.
"All I know is the FBI had told me in the beginning, when this happened, that my brother was on a plane," Padilla told Bill Weir, who reprised his role as guest host for a fourth straight evening. "He boarded this plane and then it took off. And no one knows what happened to it."