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September 28th, 2012
02:22 PM ET

Only in America: "The country's biggest idiot"

On Thursday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to introduce viewers to a gentleman he's touting as "the country's biggest idiot."

Rolling videotape captured in a warm weather climate often associated with the desert, the host notes that viewers aren't looking at the Middle East, but rather, America's West - specifically, Phoenix, Arizona.

In providing context, Morgan notes that the footage was shot less than two weeks after the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado left 12 people dead and nearly 60 wounded:

"We see a young man wearing Arabic clothing, holding what appears to be a rocket launcher, his face concealed, walking the streets of the city," explained the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.

Noting that it took 15 minutes before the authorities apprehended the subject, Morgan then supplied the most-shocking factoid of the entire ordeal:

"What the cops didn't know – what nobody who watched this knew at the time – is that the grenade launcher was fake - a movie prop - and that this was all an act," he shared.

Naming names, Morgan further fills in the specifics: FULL POST

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September 27th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

Only In America: Personal Foul

In Wednesday's "Only in America," Piers Morgan asked the viewers to give the replacement referees in the NFL a break.

"From coast to coast, outrage is building over Monday night's 'fail Mary' that led to the Green Bay Packers' hotly-disputed loss to the Seattle Seahawks."

You heard Bill Clinton tell the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host it's time to end the lockout of NFL referees, "but is it fair to blame the replacement refs?": FULL POST

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September 26th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Only in America: Common ground over American football and golf

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to grill former President Bill Clinton on a matter of U.S. national importance:

"The Seattle Seahawks and their Hail Mary pass," began Morgan. "Did you think that that was a touchdown? And if it wasn't, should we get these referees back?"

A seriously definitive Clinton responded, "No, I did not think it was a touchdown."

"I thought the pass was intercepted," continued Clinton. "I thought the defender hit the ground before there was joint possession. And, yes, it means that we need to get the strike over and get more experienced people in there."

Realizing that there was no debating the statesman, Morgan turned the talk to golf, specifically the Ryder Cup, the biennial golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. Morgan wagered a bet with Clinton, proposing, "Hundred dollars to a charity of our choice?" FULL POST

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September 20th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

Only in America: Love told in 22 pictures

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan shared the touching love story of Taylor Morris and Danielle Kelly in his "Only in America" segment.

Morris, a naval specialist was severely wounded when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan last May.

"Taylor lost his legs, his left arm and his right hand. President [Barack] Obama honored him with a purple heart for his outstanding courage," said Morgan.

Morris' recovery and love story with Kelly, his supportive wife, was documented in 22 gorgeous photographs taken by their friend Tim Dodd.

"The perfect tribute to a wounded warrior and the woman who loves him," said Morgan about the a story that is truly America at its finest.

Watch the video to see this remarkable tribute to a strong and beautiful couple.

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September 19th, 2012
03:23 PM ET

Only in America: As good as gold

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to put some shine on a story he found to be "as good as gold."

Rolling video of a speech given by then-presidential candidate Ron Paul, the host reminded viewers of the 77-year-old Texan's goal of going back to gold:

"We should have a full audit of the federal reserve and get back to a sound currency, as the constitution mandates, a gold standard," said Paul to a collection of supporters.

"Well at least one American took Ron Paul very, very seriously," explained the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host.

Introducing viewers to the late Walter Samasko, Jr., Morgan told the tale of a recently deceased Nevada man, who after not working in four decades, had merely two hundred dollars in the bank.

However, while his checking account was nearly empty, Samasko's garage was an entirely different story.

After the 69-year-old passed in May, seven million dollars worth of gold coins were discovered on his property: FULL POST

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August 24th, 2012
02:23 PM ET

Only in America: Burglar takes an "NCIS beating" from LL Cool J

On Thursday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to introduce "America's most stupid burglar."

"Jonathan Kirby, 56, already had a lengthy criminal record but decided to risk a possible 38-year prison sentence by raiding one more home, to steal someone else's hard-earned possessions." Morgan said.

However, Kirby's latest attempted caper turned out to be an "appalling error in judgement."

"For this wasn't just any old home, but the current Los Angeles abode of my rapper friend LL Cool J," explained a very amused Morgan.

Mr. Cool J, who is also one of the stars of "NCIS: Los Angeles," successfully detained Kirby after confronting him in the kitchen where a fight broke out.

Like a scene taken straight out of an episode from Mr. Cool J's successful police drama, Kirby was left with a broken nose, jaw and ribs. By contrast, Mr. Cool J was not injured.

"LL Cool J just showed us all precisely why he changed his name from James Todd Smith," said Morgan with admiration. "Because this, Mr. J, was damn cool."

Only in America can life truly imitate the art of television drama.

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August 22nd, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Only in America: The house always wins...even when it loses

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to attempt to force the hand of a big, bad New Jersey casino currently attempting to bilk a pack of gamblers out of their fair take:

"A wise man once said 'You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.' To that advice from Kenny Rogers I might add you've got to know when to shuffle the deck," Morgan said.

After failing the adhere to the host's amendment, which he described as a "rule from the 'Gambling 101' playbook," the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City is choosing to take a group of winners to court, rather than simply eating their error.

Rolling video tape from 2001's film "Ocean's Eleven," Morgan suggested the entire mix-up could have been avoided simply by following the guidance of George Clooney:

"The house always wins," Clooney's character Danny Ocean said to Brad Pitt's character Rusty Ryan. "Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you."

But back in April, a group of extremely lucky friends thought maybe they had beaten the house. While trying their hands at a low-stakes game of mini-baccarat, they recognized that the same cards, in the same order, were being dealt repeatedly. As the trend continued – more than 40 times consecutively – the money grew: FULL POST

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August 21st, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Only in America: Women admitted at Augusta

On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to address the advancement of a gender equity issue he feels is long overdue:

"August National Golf Club, the last great dinosaur of sexism in world sport, has finally, after 80 years, been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century and admitted its first female members," explained the host.

Four months after Morgan blasted the Masters' home in another edition of "Only in America," he announced that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore of South Carolina have become the first – and only – females allowed amongst Amen Corner and the famed magnolias.

Describing what he referred to as "an agonizing moment for the 'Chief Diplodocus' himself," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host explained how Augusta National Chairman Billy Paine welcomed the club's two newest members – "without any trace of irony" – by announcing that "these accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf."

Paine went on, said Morgan, to add: "It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall."

Calling out the chairman's hypocrisy, Morgan countered: FULL POST

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August 16th, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Only In America: A gold medal dad

On Wednesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to tell the tale of a man he finds more exemplary than any athlete who competed at the games in his home country of the United Kingdom:

"A father who, in my mind, deserves a gold medal more than any of the Olympic champions in London," explained the host, introducing the subject of his story. "Rick Van Beek is a triathlete. One of the toughest challenges in sport."

A Michigan man, Van Beek doesn't merely swim, bike, and run. He does it all, while toting – literally, and figuratively – his inspiration:

"He takes the triathlon to a whole new level," explained Morgan. "Because he competes while carrying his teenage daughter who has cerebral palsy."

Thirteen-year-old Maddy has been along for more than 70 of Van Beek's competition's since 2008, and unless conditions are too severe, the duo finish the race together.

It's quite a change from Van Beek's previous lifestyle:

"Especially since Rick is not a natural athlete," the host said. "He quit smoking two packs a day when he began training."

Admitting that the endeavor was scary initially, the doting dad has developed a rather seamless plan for conquering the logistics of the race. During the swim, Rick tows his daughter in a kayak. She's in a cart next to him during the bike portion of the event. And when he closes with the run, he pushes Maddy in a stroller. As for switching from one discipline to the next? FULL POST

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August 15th, 2012
04:10 PM ET

Only In America: The need for speed

On Tuesday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to bring new meaning to the phrase "Rush Hour," detailing an emerging method of transportation that can cut down the commute.

Opening with a bit of travel trivia, Morgan detailed how flying the friendly skies today is seemingly slower now than it was more than three decades ago:

"When the great Sir David Frost was hosting talk shows on both sides of the Atlantic, like I do now, back in the 70s his journey took three hours on Concorde," he explained. "Now, since the tragic demise of that fabulous plane, it takes at least double that. And this is supposed to be progress?"

However, introducing a still-in-development aircraft called the "WaveRider," the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host has renewed hope:

"The Air Force's new, X-51A hypersonic 'scramjet' designed to fly at – wait for this – Mach-6. That's a stunning 45-hundred miles an hour," he revealed. "The Pentagon says the technology, which it tested over the Pacific today, could eventually allow them to bring missiles or planes to the other side of the planet in minutes instead of hours."

But for Morgan, Tuesday's good news came with a side dish of disappointment, as the technology is not yet available for the everyman, even if said everyman is an anchorman: FULL POST

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