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June 13th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Piers Morgan on Jerry Springer's hesitation: "It cost him dear"

"Jerry Springer is a man of many talents," Piers Morgan wrote in his weekly Daily Mail column. Springer claims he can name every American president in 60 seconds so Piers decided to test it on the live show June 1. Here is how Piers described the test:

I waited until there were exactly 60 seconds left of my live show to let him start. Then off Jerry went, rampaging furiously through the list like a man possessed.
He hesitated twice, though, and it cost him dear as the clock ticked on.
‘Hurry, Jerry – nearly out of time…’
‘Got to go…’
‘No, no… Eisenhower… Kennedy… Johnson…’
The screen cut to Anderson Cooper, host of the show that follows mine.
‘That’s it – too late!’ I cried.

Not only did Piers write about his interview with Jerry Springer but he also talked about how the announcement of his wife's pregnancy stirred a discussion on the spelling of Gadhafi...

This prompted an immediate offer from Lord Sugar. ‘Can I be godfather?’ he asked, via Twitter.
‘Only if Colonel Gadhafi’s not available,’ I replied.
A response which, in turn, prompted a flurry of smart-alec tweets from people insisting I had spelt the Libyan leader’s name wrong.
In fact, I hadn’t. That is CNN’s preferred way of spelling it.

Read the full column here.

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  1. shalep

    Sorry to say folks, but I didn't appreciate Piers the 1st time he came on, and now after watching his interview with Mr.Jessie Ventura, I like him even less. Who pulls the string in his nose to act as ignorant and self righteous as he does? He's rude, uninformed and if indeed he speaks out just for himself (ie: is truly not manipulated) he's got to be just downright stupid and narrow minded. Keep up the good work and you won't have any viewers left. He offends the intelligence of all North Americans! Never again

    June 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. john

    Piers - Have been watching the Republican debate. Could not find a place to make my comments directly to the CNN staff. Really like your moderate positions on issues. Have stopped watching CNN after the Obama election. As an independent, it is difficult to watch a news agencies back a candidate. Tonight, I wished you had been working the debate. It was poorly directed, he interrupted the candidates. They 30 seconds, but he mumbled through their answers, took more than thirty seconds to question their answers and should not have had that last cup of coffee. Thought CNN was starting recovering from their obviour Democratic presidential position, but will now discontinue my interest into their reporting. You are a fresh addition to CNN and if they had any common sense they start speaking to middle America................john

    June 14, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
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