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Piers Morgan and the "Daily Mail":  Pining for Paris, sympathizing with Harry Connick Jr., and remembering James Gandolfini
July 1st, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Piers Morgan and the "Daily Mail": Pining for Paris, sympathizing with Harry Connick Jr., and remembering James Gandolfini

In inviting long lost love Paris Hilton to join him on his primetime CNN program, Piers Morgan couldn't help but attempt to rekindle an old flame. Having been previously married as part of an ITV documentary about Las Vegas, the "Piers Morgan Live" host knew the nuptials were a sham. But the chemistry was so real, one wonders if the actual sham was not tying the knot for real.

In penning his most recent Daily Mail entry, which he's slyly titled “I quite fancy a bit of Paris Hilton’s $1.5 billion pie,” Morgan rehashed some of his most memorable moments from his past weeks in Los Angeles, including his face to face interview with the aforementioned heiress.

Hilton had her own agenda for coming together that fateful Tuesday night, joining the program to discuss her recent and impressive business achievements. Morgan though, was seeking to collect evidence for a potential alimony suit: FULL POST

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June 3rd, 2013
04:56 PM ET

Piers Morgan and the "Daily Mail": The Grill, The Donald, and The Discount Offer

With this weekend's beautiful weather, many took to firing up their grills for the summer's first barbecues. Piers Morgan was no different, but rather than traditional hot dog and hamburger fare, the CNN host instead lit a fire beneath some of his favorite friends and foes.

In his most recent Daily Mail "Event," entitled "Van Persie signed his autograph with: So many #Tears4Piers," the British television presenter relived and reviewed some of his most recent roastings:

As part of his new "Piers Morgan Live" segment entitled "The Grill," the anchor has given himself “license to haul guests over the coals like slab of T-bone steak on the barbecue.” Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was one of "The Grill’s" first "victims," prompting the former Secretary of Defense to take issue with a title he believed to be “a little arrogant.”

As a chef never shy to stir the pot, but Morgan quickly quipped that Rumsfeld was hardly someone who should be referring to others as arrogant.

Switching mediums from television to Twitter, on Tuesday Morgan checked in with the man who famously never fired him: Donald Trump. As the czar of TV's "The Apprentice" franchise, of late "The Donald" has been embroiled in a social media feud with Lord Sugar, about which he revealed to Morgan: FULL POST

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March 11th, 2013
05:56 PM ET

Piers Morgan meets his favorite comedian, sees more than his eyes can handle and much more in this week's diary

Piers Morgan's most recent diary entry for the "Daily Mail" goes behind the velvet rope of one of Hollywood's most famous parties and behind the scenes of a TNT drama-comedy.

In between headlining CNN's network wide coverage of the Academy Awards, the "Piers Morgan Live" host did find time to spend some quality time with Hollywood's hottest at one of several parties.

In this week's diary, Morgan describes the chance meeting with one of his long time favorite comedians:

"Joan [Collins] whispered in my ear, ‘Would you like to meet Steve Martin?’ I looked across to see the great man sitting a few feet away. ‘God, yes – he’s one of my all-time comedy heroes!’

Joan didn’t hesitate. ‘Steve, this is a friend of mine, Piers Morgan.’

Martin looked up, smiled broadly, stretched out his hand and uttered the immortal words, ‘Hi, Piers – I really admire your work.’ I waited for the inevitable punchline, but it never came."

At that same party Morgan also ran into Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos who was reminded how far his company, and the technology world, has come: FULL POST

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March 4th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

Piers Morgan: "Everywhere I’ve gone in LA ... I’ve had stars come up to me wanting to talk about my guns campaign"

While there may still be a few post-Oscar parties wrapping up, Piers Morgan has already put a bow on his most recent diary entry for the "Daily Mail," in which he shares secrets from a Los Angles life spent atop the red carpet, and behind the velvet rope.

In between headlining CNN's network wide coverage of the Academy Awards, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host did find time to rub elbows with the industries upper crust, even attending the uber-exclusive party "held at the sumptuous private Beverly Hills home of Hollywood mogul Barry Diller and his legendary designer wife Diane von Furstenberg."

In a piece he called "My best compliment at the Oscars came from Jennifer Lawrence: 'Never mind my dress – love the suit, Piers...,'" Morgan reveals an interaction with "P Diddy" that was less about "Benjamin's," and more about Blackberry's: FULL POST

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November 20th, 2012
06:16 PM ET

Piers Morgan, a writer first and foremost – Articles in both "Daily Mail" and "The Sun"

And you thought he was simply a pretty face.

Piers Morgan's skill-set goes much deeper than that of simply a television "talking head." Having honed his journalism skills as an editor at multiple British newspapers, the presenter is able to effortlessly switch back to his roots as a writer, regularly penning (or, most likely, typing) articles, editorials, and columns for any number of outlets.

Just this week alone, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host has used his platform with the "Daily Mail" to touch upon everything from English football and the moment his beloved Arsenal squad said goodbye to star Thierry Henry ("the tears flowed like the Hoover Dam had burst") and learning that fellow-Brit Susan Boyle chose Donny Osmond as her favorite, instead of doing him the honor ("crushing.")

And his many musings aren't limited to simply one platform. Proving that there is little end to his and his native land's "sublimely snobbish superiority complex," Morgan also used space in the U.K.s "The Sun" to details how and why “Britain is now the most powerful nation on Earth.” FULL POST

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November 5th, 2012
08:02 PM ET

Piers Morgan on Superstorm Sandy: "Our office lights began to flicker, and our building...was shaking and rattling like a cupboard full of steel skeletons"

Fresh off the digital press Piers Morgan has filed a new diary entry for the "Daily Mail" and in this post he shares his unique first-hand perspective on Superstorm Sandy, the recent weather event that wrought havoc of much of the United States' Eastern seaboard.

Having experienced his fair share of extreme meteorological conditions since moving to America, Morgan fancied himself as a man who'd seen it all, everything from extreme cold as part of a Chicago winter, to the melting heat associated with a Las Vegas summer. But nothing, not the Midwest, not the desert, and
not even earthquakes in Los Angeles or a tornado in Texas could prepare the Brit for what he experienced in New York one week ago:

"The rain started around midday, and the clouds darkened rapidly. I took a cab to CNN’s bureau at the Time Warner Centre, on the south-west corner of Central Park in Midtown Manhattan, around 2 p.m. and made my way to my seventh-floor office. An hour after I arrived, an enormous noise that sounded like a thunderclap boomed out. I ran to the window, and saw that an 80-ton crane on top of a skyscraper 500 yards away (a building called One57, which will be New York’s tallest residential tower at 90 storeys) had buckled, and the top of it was now dangling precariously over the densely populated streets below."

Having hunkered down inside the network's New York bureau, Morgan's feeling of safety became fleeting:

"As the afternoon wore on, our office lights began to flicker, and our building – one of the biggest, newest and supposedly strongest multi-skyscraper edifices in America – was shaking and rattling like a cupboard full of steel skeletons. Rain and wind lashed the windows with ominous velocity, and by 9 p.m., when I went live on air, the full force of the hurricane had descended on the city."

While Morgan hosted a live, one-hour program dedicated entirely to the storm, Sandy's wrath grew by the minute: FULL POST

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October 15th, 2012
06:18 PM ET

Piers Morgan: "He's one of the least principled politicians I've met. But I believe Mitt Romney might just save America"

Hot off the digital press, Piers Morgan has penned – or rather, typed – a new article for the "Daily Mail," and in this post, he plays prognosticator, saying, in part:

"I believe Mitt Romney might just save America."

With the general election now less than four weeks away, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host noted that the man often classified as merely the strongest amongst a week group of GOP candidates, had suddenly powered his way ahead of incumbent Barack Obama, largely on the strength of his performance in Kentucky:

"It was his brilliant performance on Oct. 3 at the first of three presidential debates, where he scored the biggest win ever over an oddly downcast Obama, that propelled him into the favourite’s chair," Morgan explained.

Having interviewed the former Massachusetts Governor on multiple occasions, the British television presenter feels he has a handle of the candidate's character:

"He is a devout Mormon and takes his faith so seriously that he donates at least ten per cent of his income to the church every year – totalling tens of millions of dollars over the past two decades. The reason he can give away so much money is that he was a fantastically successful businessman, estimated to have made a $250 million fortune from his time running Bain, a venture-capital firm. In person, he’s charming, polite, friendly and solicitous. He’s also a great father and grandfather, according to his devoted sons, and a great husband, according to Ann, the woman who was his teenage sweetheart and who he’s helped nurse with deep compassion through her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis."

But amongst all the positives to Romney's personality, Morgan feels he's also identified one glaring political flaw:

"He’s also one of the least principled politicians I’ve ever encountered. There’s barely a big issue that Romney hasn’t switched his position on for apparent political expediency, earning him the nickname ‘Mr Flip Flop’. In fact, it’s hard to even recognise the new Mitt from the one who was a successful and popular Governor of Massachusetts. On abortion, he was once firmly pro-choice, now he’s equally firmly pro-life. On guns, he outlawed lethal assault weapons. Now he says they’re fine, despite a rash of horrific recent mass gun killings. On healthcare, he was the first governor to bring in a compulsory ‘mandate’ health insurance scheme. But when Obama did the same thing, he lambasted it as a terrible idea. He was also a huge fan of stem-cell research, but now he says he’s been ‘persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise."

Concluding that the 65-year-old politician has been forced to fluctuate over the years so as to become more electable – first within his own party, and now, in the race for the "White House" – Morgan points out that he's not the only one who's noticed:

"To widespread mockery, he said this week he wouldn’t seek any anti-abortion legislation if he became President, a direct contradiction of what he said at the start of the year. ‘Here’s old moderate Mitt!’ chortled former President Bill Clinton. ‘Where you been boy? .  .  . Just show up with a sunny face and say, "I didn’t say all that stuff I said for the last few years.”’"

Flip-flopper, or principled, it may not actually matter. Still mired in the midst of one of the worst financial crises in American history, voters figure to go to the polls more concerned with the stability of their bank account, than of their president: FULL POST

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June 11th, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Piers Morgan on attending "The Glamour Awards" and co-hosting the "Queen's Diamond Jubilee"

Hot off the digital press, Piers Morgan's newest "Daily Mail" diary entry is out.

Entitled "Let's do a photo of us together and tweet it... 'Are you SERIOUS?' asked Eva Longoria," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host uses his Britain-based byline to detail his attendance at a pair of recent high-brown events held on his home turf.

A week ago, Piers attended "The Glamour Awards," an event celebrating the best and beautiful:

"Glamour magazine’s brilliantly mischievous editor Jo Elvin takes over the garden inside London’s Berkeley Square, with a giant marquee, and invites all the best-looking people in show business to turn up and flaunt their aesthetic wares," Piers described.

After hustling down the red carpet to avoid being caught by the cameras, Piers bumped into a beauty worth of the shutterbugs:

"I hit a wall of noise. Yes, Amanda Holden was in full cackle mode, talking to a TV crew. If you’ve never heard Amanda’s cackle live, I can only liken it to the sound Barbara Windsor made laughing in the Carry On films fused with Julia Roberts’ explosion of hilarity in "Pretty Woman": a cacophonic orgy of wild, uncontrolled, high-octane shrieking. ‘Calm it down, please!’ I commanded. Amanda swiveled urgently, took one look at me, screamed ‘DARLING!!!’ even louder, bear-hugged me to within an inch of my life, then peppered my face with kisses. Unfortunately, leaving me with imprinted lipstick marks all over my mouth, nose and cheeks that made it look as though I’d sucked on a ketchup sachet. I walked with her into the main reception, to be hit by a phalanx of more photographers. ‘Get this lipstick off me now,’ I hissed to my bemused wife, Celia. But as she began to try, the snappers pounced again. ‘Who’s been a naughty boy then?’ cried one. ‘It’s Amanda Holden’s,’ I explained, unhelpfully."

But Holden wasn't the only hottie with whom he hob-nobbled. After rubbing elbows with his country-mate, Morgan noted a trio of "superstar Latinas" – Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria, and Sofia Vergara – and instinctively determined it was Twitter time:

I walked over to them, crouched down between them, and said: ‘Right, ladies, here’s what’s going to happen. We’re going to do a nice photo together, then all three of you are going to tweet it at the same time.’ ‘Why would we do that?’ asked Jessica, suspiciously. ‘Purely to enhance my brand,’ I explained. The three of them looked at me for several long seconds before bursting out laughing. ‘Are you SERIOUS?’ said Eva. ‘Deadly,’ I responded. ‘OK, let’s go!’ squealed Sofia, with surprisingly keen excitement.

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June 1st, 2012
01:32 PM ET

Piers Morgan to co-anchor CNN's coverage of the Diamond Jubilee

Beginning on Sunday, CNN will produce complete coverage of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a famously regal event, complete with traditional British pomp and circumstance:

"Over four days, Britain, and the world, will celebrate her extraordinary reign," says Piers Morgan of the woman who has spent 60 years on the throne.

Chosen to co-anchor the network's coverage, the festivities will have special meaning to the man who lists both the Silver and Golden Jubilee as memorable moments, first from his personal, and then later, his professional life:

"I was editing a big newspaper in Britain then," says Morgan of the 2002 Golden Jubilee. "We did hundreds of pages saluting her majesty, never imagining actually, that she would still be on the throne, perhaps, after 60 years." FULL POST


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Piers Morgan on the White House Correspondents Dinner and his lovely date, Goldie Hawn
May 7th, 2012
06:26 PM ET

Piers Morgan on the White House Correspondents Dinner and his lovely date, Goldie Hawn

Hot off the digital press, Piers Morgan's most-recent "Daily Mail" diary is out.

Entitled "'Great date! Good laughs, good chat, good fun, good guy!' tweeted Goldie Hawn. What a gal...,"Morgan uses his portion of the U.K. publication to discuss his date for the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, acclaimed actress Goldie Hawn:

"Ms. Hawn has been one of my favourite stars since I was 15 and Private Benjamin came out. Any woman who could actually make a man DIE during sex on their wedding night had to be pretty special. I said ‘Yes’ faster than Usain Bolt would take to cover a millimetre. Tonight, I boarded my limo in Washington DC and headed to Goldie’s hotel, the Four Seasons.

‘Fancy a drink in the bar to calm your nerves?’ I texted en route. She responded instantly. ‘Coming down. Drink. Bar.’ Goldie looked sensational in a shimmering black dress, white fur wrap and a sprinkling of jewels bright enough to light Capitol Hill for the night. ‘Fabulous dress!’ I exclaimed. ‘Dolce & Gabbana,’ she explained. I pulled open my jacket. ‘Ditto.’ We ordered champagne.

‘Now, Piers,’ she said, piercing me with those dazzling blue eyes. ‘Tell me all about YOU.’ For half an hour we chatted about life, politics, Kurt Russell (the other man in her world) and daughters. Goldie’s, of course, is superstar actress Kate Hudson. Mine is Elise Morgan, only five months old but no less of a superstar. ‘You will be the most important man in her life forever,’ she warned. ‘Don’t ever forget that.’"

Upon arriving at the evening's event, Morgan was instantly thrust into the limelight and lifestyle that comes from hanging with Hawn:

"Red carpets normally fill me with horror. But not this time. ‘Let’s go rock them, baby,’ Goldie urged, sliding her arm through mine. Flashbulbs exploded, as did my ego. I now know how Elizabeth Taylor’s seven husbands must have felt in similar situations. You understand it’s not about you, but God, it feels good."

Safely inside the venue, the hob-nobbing with Hawn only continued for our author:

"We sat at our table, slap bang in the middle of a cavernous ballroom teeming with 3,000 guests, 30 yards from where President Obama would be sitting. ‘Should we mingle?’ Goldie asked. ‘Nooooo. Let the mountain come to Muhammad.’ And so it did.

Goldie is ridiculously famous and ridiculously popular. Everyone LOVES her. Woody Harrelson, Colin Powell, Viola Davis, Google chairman Eric Schmidt – all joined the throng paying delighted homage to my golden guest. Elle Macpherson was the only one not happy. ‘He was MY date a few months ago, Goldie,’ she protested. Which is true: we sat together at the Pride of Britain Awards. ‘Jealousy’s a terrible thing, Body – do calm down,’ I insisted.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get better for my own rather jaundiced brand, Eva Longoria came and sat next to us, took my hand and purred, ‘Piers, I loved our last interview. Can we do it again soon?’ ‘He is great, isn’t he?’ agreed Goldie, adding her hand to the pile. ‘I loved mine too.’ I have no idea what heaven’s like, or indeed if I’ll ever get there, but if I do, I reckon it’ll resemble something like this."

For more of Morgan's musings, and to learn additional details from his night in the the nation's capital, read the entire diary here.

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