On Monday, Piers Morgan used his final segment to remember a man who, in his words, "held perhaps a unique position of being loved by millions around the world for being supremely evil."
Referring to the late actor Larry Hagman, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host rolled video of the man in his signature role, that of Texas-based bad guy J.R. Ewing from the iconic television show "Dallas."
"Who else could possibly delivered lines like these," said Morgan, before playing clips of Ewing waxing poetic on revenge ('the single most satisfying feeling in the world,') and offering free marital advice, ('a real man has to learn to keep his tomatoes on top.')
Five months ago Morgan hosted not only Hagman, but also two of his infamous co-stars, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, who were both at his side when he passed on Friday. FULL POST
On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to bring into focus the unintentional images so often caught in the background of snapped pics.
With so many photo ops. coming on the campaign trail, it's perhaps the one element of a political race that neither the candidate, or his staff, can completely control.
Reviewing the phenomenon that's since been dubbed the "photobomb," Morgan shows some pictures, and shares some examples:
"Here's the president and First Lady in the stands, completely, blissfully unaware that the guy staring into the camera is stealing the show," points out the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "Or how about this shot from the second presidential debate: Josh Romney giving Obama a menacing death ray stare."
But while the assortment of options are seemingly unlimited, Morgan thinks he's secured the shot to be dubbed "the best political photo bomb of all time."
Popping the pic. up on-screen, Morgan sets the scene, which took place in Florida as Barack Obama spoke at a tennis center in Delray Beach: FULL POST
On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to solicit some holiday help, in hopes of unmasking the nation's next commander-in-chief:
"Forget the polls and the pundits, there's only one true barometer for who will be the next President of the United States," said Morgan. "Halloween."
Displaying a pair of likenesses of the incumbent and his challenger, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host detailed the relevance of the revelry:
"Look at these [Barack] Obama and [Mitt] Romney masks – same slick expressions, same rubbery smiles – pretty close to the real thing, right?" he joked.
"But the reason Mitt Romney may not find it quite as funny as Barack Obama is that his masks are being comfortably out-sold by those of the President – by 60% to 40%."
But why is that important? With the election less than two weeks away, could a political mask really help uncover voter tendencies?
According to Morgan, in recent memory the most-masked man has ultimately become the face seen passing out candy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: FULL POST
On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to tell the tale of Lance Armstrong, a man once regarded as the premier cyclist in the world, arguably the greatest ever at his specific sporting craft. And then, the wheels fell off.
"A seven-time Tour de France-winning, cancer-surviving icon renowned for his unbelievable talent, determination, resilience and courage," said Morgan, describing Armstrong. "There was just one problem. The real reason it was all so unbelievable is that he cheated."
With Nike determining they could no longer "Just Do It" with the 41-year-old Texan, this week saw him lose his longtime and most-fruitful sponsor, as the creators of the famed Swoosh said:
"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him."
In the eyes of the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, the parting of ways was more than justified:
"Armstrong was a disgraceful fraud of epic proportions," he insisted.
As details of Armstrong's behavior continue to emerge, the picture presented is hardly the image he had so tirelessly worked to create:
"A man who juiced himself with illegal drugs, then bullied his teammates to do the same to ensure they could help him win big events," is what Morgan thinks of the man who won every Tour de France from 1999 through 2005.
The phrase "It's Not About the Bike" became Armstrong's personal credo, and ultimately, the title for one of his books.
The host found it to be ironically accurate: FULL POST
On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to celebrate Felix Baumgartner's historic skydive from the edge of space, an astounding 24 miles above the Earth:
"Hurtling through the sky at a top speed of an incredible 830 miles an hour, breaking the sound barrier in a four minute free fall, before opening his parachute and landing safely in the New Mexico desert on Sunday," said Morgan of the awe-inspiring feat.
Although the landing took place in the good ole' U.S. of A, Morgan noted that neither Baumgartner nor Red Bull, the company that sponsored the skydiver's jump "wings," are American: FULL POST
On Wednesday, Piers Morgan looked beyond "Only in America" to acknowledge 14 year-old blogger and human rights activist Malala Yousufazi.
"Malala Yousufazi lives in the notorious Sawat Valley in Pakistan, where the Taliban threaten to behead girls who go to school, study or watch T.V. Showing astonishing courage, intelligence and eloquence, Malala defied the madmen by speaking out for the rights of children, and using the internet to spread her message."
Malala, who won Pakistan's National Peace Award in 2011, was gunned down in a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban on Monday.
"Of all the despicable acts committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has anything quite exceeded their attempts to murder a 14-year-old girl yesterday for speaking out against their brutal activities?" asked Morgan.
A Pakistani Taliban spokesperson left a disturbing remark regarding their attempt at murder saying "If she survives this time, she won't next time."
"Remember those words next time somebody questions what right the American military, together with allied forces, had taking on these evil thugs," said Morgan. "It wasn't just because they harbour terrorists like Al-Qaeda. It was because they think it's fine to murder 14-year-old girls for speaking their mind."
Honoring Malala and her heroic work, Morgan ended the segment with Malala herself and her own words.
"I should raise my voice," said Malala. "Because If I didn’t raise my voice now, so when will I raise my voice?"
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On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to tell the tale of a saint, cruising the streets of Sin City.
"What would you do if you found a huge amount of money in the back of a taxi?" asked Morgan rhetorically. "We're talking Vegas jackpot money here. Would you call the cops or would you keep it to yourself?"
Introducing his viewers to cab driverAdam Woldemarim, Morgan noted that the Ethiopian immigrant was recently dealt such a hand:
"A few weeks back, while cleaning out his taxi, he [Woldemarim] found a computer case in the back. Inside was a cool $221,000 dollars in cash," Morgan explained.
In a town that makes its' living on easy money, Woldermarin made a seemingly very hard decision and returned the winnings to their rightful owner, earning a $2000 tip for his trouble.
"Piers Morgan Tonight" reached out to the automobile operator, who speaks too little English to offer comment. However, a close friend described Woldemarim as "a humble, modest, poor but happy man. He apparently never complains, never argues." FULL POST
On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to continue his crusade towards stricter gun laws and an overall increase in firearm safety:
"Another gun, another senseless loss of life," began the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, as he introduced his viewers to Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old from Wetumpka, Alabama.
Early Saturday morning Collar, a University of South Alabama freshman, found himself "naked at the window of the campus police station," where he "began banging loudly."
At nearly 1:30 a.m., things turned ugly, as an officer stepped outside and engaged the teenager:
"The man repeatedly rushed toward the police officer, and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance," explained Keith Ayers, a University of South Alabama spokesman. "The officer with weapon drawn ordered the individual to halt. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation. The individual continued to press toward the officer in a threatening manner."
Despite standing only 5'7" tall, weighing merely 135 pounds, and being naked – thus clearly unarmed – the law enforcement official felt he was left with only one option:
"The officer apparently concluded that the only course of action available to him was pull out his gun and shoot Gilbert dead with a single bullet to the chest," detailed Morgan.
Those close to the late Collar are struggling to make sense of his death: FULL POST
On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to remix a track more than three decades old.
"Summer lovin ... back from the past," he explained. "He was too cool for school, she was the sweet, innocent new girl, and together John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John made the movie musical "Grease" a stupendous box office blockbuster in 1978."
Now, 34 years since the smash hit, the film's co-stars are joining forces once again, with "This is Christmas," an upcoming seasonal special.
Sharing a peek at the album, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host offers his description:
"The cover showing Travolta, 58, and Newton John, 64 – all smiles, holding matching cups, looking like the cheery co-hosts of a local news morning show."
With a wink and a nod, Morgan notes that the pair "look pretty damn good for their age, which may or may not be down to the gift of nature."
Listing the tracks, Morgan reveals that staples like "Deck the Halls," "White Christmas," and "Silent Night" are all included. But there's also a new take on an old classic: FULL POST
On the heels of an epic Ryder Cup comeback, on Monday Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" to have a bit of fun with an American golf writer who had mistakenly crowned the United States winners roughly 24 hours prematurely.
"The worst ever prediction in sporting history," said Morgan, in reviewing comments penned by Gene Wojciechowski, of ESPN.
"A pundit's verdict so breathtakingly bad, we're talking 'Dewey Beats Truman' wrong," he piled on.
With the Americans holding a seemingly insurmountable lead, Wojciechowski placed his tongue firmly in his cheek, and ripped off a list of scenarios which would allow the Europeans to achieve victory.
Amongst zingers that included U.S. captain Davis Love III subbing in celebrity spectators for polished professionals, and the Europeans using time travel à la a "Back to the Future" film, Wojciechowski included one scenario which would prove to be foreshadowing at its finest:
Team Europe wins eight of the remaining 12 matches to retain the Cup.
As luck would have it, that's precisely what happened. But even the scribe himself couldn't fathom a world in which his own mocking would ring true.
And, so, his column continued:
"Team USA has the kind of two-day lead that Cup captains pray for. It's as close to insurmountable as trying to climb Mt. Everest wearing a t-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops," wrote Wojciechowski. "Time for the Europeans to fire up the private jets and head back home to Florida."
And it was this line that played right into the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host's hands: FULL POST