On Wednesday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" rolled out it's red carpet for late night host Jimmy Fallon, who arrived ready to display his unmatched and wide-ranging set of skills and comedic talents.
As the host of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" visited in studio with Piers Morgan, CNN.com's Steve Krakauer captured the appearance, taking viewers behind the scenes of the primetime exclusive.
Afterwards, Krakauer caught up with the host, who reviewed the taping:
"Jimmy Fallon is a comic genius. He can do impressions, he can do jokes, he can do routines, he can do anything he wants. He's just one of those naturally funny guys. So, I nearly burst a blood vessel," explained Morgan. "I don't think I've laughed that much, since the last time he was on."
Having first arrived on the scene as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member, on Wednesday Fallon peppered Morgan with celebrity skits and musical solo's, ending the interview with a Jim Morrison-themed performance, complete with guitar strumming and table crawling.
It's his unique blend of abilities that has Morgan making predictions about Fallon's future: FULL POST
Editor's Note: Julie Zann, a "Piers Morgan Tonight" editorial producer, shares her behind the scenes insight and impressions of her time spent at the Warrior 100.
I’ve just returned from the W100k in the Texas panhandle, George W. Bush’s 2nd annual 100 kilometer mountain bike ride with 20 Wounded Warriors. As someone in this business for nearly 10 years, I admit that I often get jaded from working behind the scenes. The unfortunate reality is that in the modern age of news and politics, everybody’s getting a little more trained, a little more polished when it comes to dealing with the media; it makes getting authentic moments all the more difficult. So you can imagine my surprise this weekend when we were permitted to have truly intimate access to one of the most powerful men in the world, President George W. Bush.
Whatever you think of President Bush, this was a case to simply stand back to try to understand this man and what makes him tick. I can tell you honestly, American veterans light him up.
Two things were striking: his ability to blend in with any other Texas mountain biker – a unique little group if there ever was one – and his comfort and camaraderie with the wounded warriors. At dinner following the day’s ride, the warriors addressed the group, sharing their story and what the ride meant to them. It’s difficult to pluck one story from this group of wounded men because each is worthy of tears. There is was one veteran suffering severe PTSD who was bouncing in and out of counseling, had significant drinking and drug problems, and suicidal thoughts. Only two months ago, his closest fellow Marine, who had gotten him into counseling in the first place, killed himself. Rather than continue his spiral down, this young man was able to pull himself up, return to intense counseling, get involved in a biking charity for veterans, and concluded his address by telling President Bush that it’s been a month and a half since his last drink and the President’s sobriety has been a huge inspiration to him. President Bush bear-hugged him like a son as the rest of the room crumbled in tears. FULL POST
Coming up this evening on "Piers Morgan Tonight," Bubba Watson puts his brand new Green Jacket on the line in a special edition of "Only in America."
After staring down Augusta National, safely navigating "Amen Corner," and crushing an epic escape shot on Sunday's second playoff hole to defeat Louis Oosthuizen, tonight the 2012 Masters Champion faces his toughest challenge to date: a putting contest with host Piers Morgan.
Watch this behind-the-scenes video, as the Floridian southpaw goes stroke for stroke with the British television personality.
Coming up this evening, Guest Host Week rolls on for "Piers Morgan Tonight," as comedian, actress, and television personality Rosie O'Donnell takes her turn in the chair.
Filling in for Piers Morgan, O'Donnel gives insight into what we can expect from her as a host: "Honest, and passionate. I don't now, I just like to have conversations," reveals the host of "The Rosie Show" on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. "I think I'm going to just have fun."
Watch the clip, and hear Rosie explain the one thing Piers allows, that she refuses to do.
Then tune is this evening at 9 p.m. EST/PST, as O'Donnel welcomes both Anjelica Huston and Joel McHale for a one-time only edition of "Rosie Tonight."
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Coming up this evening on "Piers Morgan Tonight," Joel McHale sits down with Rosie O'Donnell as guest host week continues on the program.
Known for his role as Jeff Winger on NBC's "Community," and as the host of the E! TV series "The Soup," following his sit down with O'Donnell, McHale took some time to share some insight and information in an exclusive Green Room interview.
A football and basketball player in high school, McHale offered his predictions for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship:
"It's either going to be Vassar...or Wellesley." (ed. note: neither school is participating in the tournament.) FULL POST
Coming up this evening, Guest Host Week continues on "Piers Morgan Tonight," as television veteran and advertising executive Donny Deutsch brings his wit and wisdom to the program.
Prior to the show's 9 p.m. airing, the former host of CNBC's "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch" took a few minutes to offer his thoughts on the experience:
"At first they asked me to do all five nights. But I said, let's spread the wealth around. I mean Rosie wants to do a gig, Arsenio, so I said we'll spread it around. You know, that's just the kind of guy I am."
With Piers Morgan across the pond in England for the week, Deutsch has designs on turning his fill-in act, into something more permanent:
"He's over there, and we keep rolling, we say 'Piers take another week,'" suggest Deutsch. "And he knows that. He knows that this could happen, but you know, he's that kind of guy."
Watch the clip as Wednesday's guest host shares his thoughts on the CNN studio, and tune in at 9 p.m. EST/PST as Deutsch sits down with Michael J. Fox and Meredith Vieira.
Mitchell Johnson, one half of the duo convicted of committing the "Westside Middle School massacre" near near Jonesboro, AR, is currently incarcerated in Florida, serving time on unrelated charges. In 1988, the then 13-year-old Johnson teamed with 11-year-old Andrew Golden, shooting in an ambush style from the woods in camouflaged clothes, killing four students and one teacher, and wounding ten others.
Originally released in 2005, Johnson landed back in jail after additional legal trouble in both 2007 and 2008. In the wake of Monday's Chardon (OH) High School shooting, Johnson spoke exclusively with "Piers Morgan Tonight" on the phone from prison, and emailed this blog post offering his reactions to this week's tragedy: FULL POST
Piers Morgan and the staff of "Piers Morgan Tonight" are celebrating the first year of shows at CNN, with an anniversary week kicking off tonight at 9pmET/PT with Chelsea Handler interviewing Piers, Rosie O'Donnell is a guest Tuesday and former Pres. Jimmy Carter is on Wednesday. In this web video he looks back at the first year, and ahead to year two. "It's turned into much more of a news show," says Piers. "That was driven by the incredible news cycle we've had, and by the fact that my training and background is all news journalism."
Piers said the formula will remain in 2012: "When there's news, we'll do it very well, and when there's no news, we'll do great interviews with big stars." How did he get into TV? FULL POST
The Michael Moore live studio audience show earlier this week has gotten a big reaction, and we wanted to show you the process of what goes on behind-the-scenes, before 9pmET.
Moore and Piers Morgan both came out and addressed the audience before the show. "Television is a powerful medium in which to reach a lot of people," Moore told the crowd. "200 countries will air this show, and they're all going to be interested," Morgan said. What is this all about? Why are people protesting?" Take a look above – and tell us what you thought of the show in the comments.
Erin Burnett's new show "OutFront" launches Monday at 7pmET, and Piers Morgan stopped by this week to take a look (and interrupt her rehearsal).
Two main topics of conversation: the use of fact and opinion and...their not-so-nice interaction on "Celebrity Apprentice." Check it out above...