Facing terminal cancer, and saying that doctors have given her as little as three months to live, on Tuesday evening Valerie Harper joined "Piers Morgan Live" for an honest, and inspirational primetime exclusive interview.
On the heels of a March 6 announcement of test results that revealed cancer cells had spread to the membranes surrounding the brain, Harper detailed some of the most significant and memorable moments of her life:
"My husband telling me that he thought we should adopt," Harper recalled fondly. "Because I would make a great mother. That was a nice one."
Visibly overcome by emotion, the woman with Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Awards to her credit thanked all those who have reached out with support: FULL POST
Last night, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed a panel of powerful women to discuss two women making waves in the news and in business today. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg just released a book titled "Lean In" in which she encourages younger women to tackle any obstacles not faced by men. Yahoo!'s CEO Marissa Mayer recently announced a policy requiring all employees to come into the office instead of being able to work from home.
"Marissa Mayer is in a very unique situation," Suzy Welch, author of "10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea," said. "She's in a turn-around situation where she has to get everybody in the room to fix the culture and the performance of her company. And to do that when some people are not in the office is just very difficult... They couldn't accuse her of being insensitive to working moms, because she's a working mom."
Welch pointed out to Piers Morgan that "it's not a lot of men making noise about Sheryl's book. It's women." "Look, mothering in America is a competitive sport," she explained.
Welch's comments resonated with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who explained how she raised her newborn while serving as a state senator in Florida: FULL POST
Last night, the singer formerly known as Snoop Dogg sat down with Piers Morgan for an enlightening and informative interview on poverty, guns in America and his own fascinating transformation.
The artist, who now goes by Snoop Lion, talked with the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host about the inspiration behind his name change.
"It's a transformation musically, spiritually, and mentally," said Snoop Lion about his new moniker. "I went to Jamaica on a journey to make some music and it - eventually became, you know, engulfed with the spirit of Rastafari and the spirit of reggae music. And the transformation was necessary. It became what it is."
"It's a special place," said Snoop Lion about Jamaica. FULL POST
On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed CNN's Poppy Harlow to the program to discuss her exclusive interviews with two men on opposite sides of the illegal gun trade in the United States. One was involved in illegal gun trafficking for years and later became a confidential informant. The other, ATF agent Jeff Boshek, spoke about the ease for a criminal to acquire a gun.
"We wanted to hear firsthand from someone who is involved on a daily basis in the gun trade who has been a middleman, getting these guns from point A to point B. And we found that man," said Harlow about the informant.
During her interview Harlow asked the informant, "Do you think that America, the government, is losing its war on guns?" To which the informant responded. "Yes."
"If a criminal wants a gun, there's people there that supply them everywhere," explained the informant. "So they can obtain a gun anytime."
"We enforce the laws that are on the books," said Boshek when Harlow asked him about inefficiencies and loopholes in gun control. FULL POST
Last night, Jack Hanna, Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, joined "Piers Morgan Tonight" to discuss the tragic death of an intern by an African Lion at Project Survival's Cat Haven.
Wednesday afternoon 24-year-old Dianna Hanson went into Cous Cous' cage and tragically lost her life at the hands of the 350-pound lion. Cous Cous was shot and killed per safety protocols. Hanna reminded the viewers that the lion is still king of the jungle.
"They are wild animals end of story," Hanna emphasized. "No matter what anyone says, they are wild animals ... A lion is called a king of beasts obviously for a reason."
The other trending story of the day was Roger Ailes' comments about Barack Obama, Rupert Murdoch and others. To shed some light on Ailes' legacy (and the question if he is worthy of biographies) McKay Coppins of Buzzfeed and CNN Contributor Ryan Lizza joined Morgan for a lively discussion.
"He has had incredible influence on the news media since the mid-90s when he started Fox News," Lizza, New Yorker Magazine correspondent, said. "So, no doubt about it, he's a worthy subject and has had impact." FULL POST
On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed to the program Rebecca Bond and Jon Bond. The founders of the organization "Evolve" shared with Piers Morgan their alternative method of enacting change in the sentiment towards guns in America, by working with the NRA.
"Our fight isn't against guns. Our fight is against irresponsible behavior related to guns," said Rebecca Bond. "And so by coming at it from, first and foremost we start with saving a life. So if most people in this country can agree on one thing to begin with and that is to save a life, then we can start from a common ground."
Jon Bond explained the need for gun owners to work with them side by side:
"We need people who own guns to accept our organization," he said. "And if we make them feel bad about them self or they see they're being attacked, then they push back and are intransient. So we need to be inclusive."
Also on the program, attorney James Corley joined Morgan and explained why he is no longer an NRA member. Corley owns 38 guns and used one to shoot and kill a robber at the ACOA Club in Columbia, South Carolina in 2009. FULL POST
Last night, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed back to the studio the multi-talented Kristin Chenoweth. The singer and actor joined Piers Morgan on the heels of her recent performance with Oscar host Seth MacFarlane at the Academy Awards.
"It was a total buzz," Chenoweth said of her time at the Oscars. "We did a song that we kind of had to learn at the very last minute. So that was really fun."
Macfarlane has gotten some flack since the show for his "show him your boobs song." The host inquired if Chenoweth was offended by the song selection: FULL POST
On Monday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed "Banished" author Lauren Drain to the program for a candid and revealing live interview.
A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, Drain opened up about the place of worship most infamously know for its for anti-gay and anti-Semitic messages, and protests at national events, including memorial services for fallen soldiers:
"It's very controlling," said Drain, regarding her experience as a church member. "They control what you believe, what you say, what you do, what friends you have. They say everyone on the outside's evil. And they don't allow any outside influence at all."
Now 27, Drain spent her formative years – from 2001 through 2008 – within the WBC, before being banished for not adhering exclusively to the church's ways of worship:
"It's unfortunate and it's atrocity, the things that they do and say - horrible things they do and say. But yeah, they claim that they're speaking for God."
In response to Drain's book and appearance on the program, the Westboro Baptist Church issued the following statement: FULL POST
Amidst Monday's NASCAR news, which announced the National Rifle Association as the official sponsor for an upcoming race in Texas, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a series of unique voices to share their insight and perspective on the agreement.
Joining Piers Morgan in person, CNN Sports anchor and host Rachel Nichols explained that the deal essentially provides a loophole for the NRA to advertise their product within the race, despite being restricted by television networks and cable companies:
"Part of the sponsorship deal is that at least once an hour the broadcaster has to mention the name of the sponsor. So all of a sudden, this is, in some ways, an end around that the NRA, who has had controversial ads, gun makers not being allowed to advertise guns on Fox, usually - the NRA name will be out there with some regularity during the broadcast," she revealed. "And this really hasn't happened before in this scenario. Because there's never been this high-profile athletic event sponsored by the NRA."
Joining Nichols in studio and across from the host, Tim Carmody noted that such a situation – in which the racing league partners with a controversial sponsor – is hardly unprecedented:
"There's a history here in terms of television advertising and NASCAR. So NASCAR, for years, the Sprint Cup, which is the series that this race is in, most people probably know as the Winston Cup. It was sponsored by R.J. Reynolds," detailed senior writer of "The Verge." "This was a way around the government's earlier laws banning the sale of tobacco, sale of cigarettes, that, again, you would get the brand, or the name of the sponsor mentioned in golf tournaments, tennis tournaments and absolutely NASCAR races."
Joining the debate from Houston, meanwhile, Dan Patrick suggested that all the day's controversy was entirely unwarranted, and nonsensical:
On Thursday evening, as Pope Benedict XVI officially retired from his post, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Monsignor Christopher Nalty of the archdiocese of New Orleans to the program.
"We really have to think about who we would pick, who do we want to lead the church?" said the former Vatican official when asked to predict the next pope. "I probably couldn't get into any names because I can think of a number of the cardinals there that would make excellent successors of St. Peter."
Also as the Jodi Arias trial continues to unfold, Gus Searcy, Arias' former mentor sat down with Piers Morgan and attorney Gloria Allred in studio.
Searcy, who was the first witness called by the defense, noted to Morgan and Allred that he felt that Arias had an unhealthy attachment to her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, the man she is accused of shooting and stabbing to death. FULL POST