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October 3rd, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Michael Jackson, businessman: "He was able to create additional businesses well beyond the music"

Michael Jackson is not just a legendary entertainer – he was a good businessman. Tonight two people who know that side of him talk to Piers Morgan. "He was able to create additional businesses well beyond the music, and that's unusual," said attorney for the Michael Jackson Estate Howard Weitzman.

Also on the show is co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate John Branca. "Michael made a lot of money, and I probably believe it's true he spent a lot of money. But he left a lot behind. He had a lot to show for it." The two discuss the latest Jackson business – a new Cirque du Soleil show. Watch the full interview tonight, 9pmET/PT. Also on the show – the latest on the Amanda Knox verdict.

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  1. donna

    i wiil see you..Piers ... ah the blood women is beautifull ....is real or not..i mean she did not make reconstruction.?.th.u.s.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jaker

    These M.J.Estate people shouldn't be on your show during Dr Murray's trial; it is prejudicial to that same trial. I thought Piers, you being from England would have thought more about fair-play & refused these people an appearance till after the trial. That's what the judge was trying to put across, you've now gone down a notch in my book.

    PS. I still believe the good Dr will be found innocent.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NellieO231

      You REALLY need to check your definition of "Good Dr." I really hope the people in your life and the state you live in would pursue charges against any Dr. that treated YOU in the absurdly sub-standard way that Dr. Murray treated his patient in this case, if YOU were to die under the care of a Dr. like this. Check your obvious dislike for Michael Jackson at the door and think about if the patient had been your son or brother. This anesthesia is given to 100's of thousands of patients every year and they don't DIE. The defining factor is THEY have "GOOD" Doctors. Michael Jackson did not.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • anniedomino

        Well said Nellie. The sad reality is that the haters have no humanity. They also have precious little brains. And many of them are just as obsessed with Michael as we fans are. They post their same hate-filled – often racist – comments all over the internet. None of what they say is based on any kind of facts, evidence or standards of decency.

        October 4, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • nonameMJ

      Jaker if Dr Murray is "Good" then I wish him upon you and your family and your generations to come as their personal doctor. You need to get over yourself, you are clearly an MJ hater. Piers rocks.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Diane

    Piers many are not as fascinated with Michael Jackson as you seem to be. Please......enough is enough.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liz

      Well I liked this seg,ment about Michael Jackson. You can always check other channels if you're not interested.

      Shows centered around Michael Jackson very often get high ratings, anyway.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • MJ rox and so doe Piers

      Well I am and if you are not fascinated by MJ, then you can switch the channel to HLN and enjoy that. CNN is for credible journalist like Piers and not for people like Nancy, Jane, Drew and Joy. Change the channel.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Keepin'ItReal

    Diane, you're right. Many are not fascinated with Michael, but you forget that many millions ARE fascinated by him and that's why Piers has had a number of MJ's associates and family on his show. Michael affected a lot of people in his lifetime in positive ways and he left a significant foot print in the history of the entertainment industry. He also left a significant foot print via his humanitarian work, much of which was done away from T.V. camera's. This has rarely been reported and hopefully this side of Michael Jackson will eventually get it's due. If this still does not impress you I suggest changing the channel or renting a movie. Thank you.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NellieO231

      Exactly Keepin'ItReal. Obviously the amount of people that are "fascinated" with Michael Jackson far, far, far outweigh those who are not and who continue to believe the lies (despite mountains of PROOF to the contrary). Mr.Jackson has been gone for over 2 years and we are still watching, talking, listening, understanding and loving Michael Jackson. He obviously did something right. Which one of the critics can say that about themselves?

      October 4, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • anniedomino

        In fact he did a whole lot of things better than anyone who came before him. I am quoting a far wiser person than me who said that " lot of people cannot cope with the magnificence that is Michael Jackson".

        October 4, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Love America it's all we have

    Goldman Sachs and other banks like Goldman have been defrauding investors since before world war two but sweetly ways get away don't they? Will the Wall Street protest be hushed away like always ? Is it not a crime to accuse these golden people? You can accuse God or the president of untied states. No harm done, it called freedom of speech. Who owns United States really?

    Free media

    October 4, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Love America it's all we have

    Goldman Sachs and other banks like Goldman have been defrauding investors since before world war two but sweetly get away don't they? Will the Wall Street protest be hushed away like always ? Is it not a crime to accuse these golden people? You can accuse God or the president of untied states. No harm done, it called freedom of speech. Who owns United States really?

    Free media

    October 4, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. nancy

    Why is the media trying to keep it's silence regarding the Wall Street protester?

    "Keith Olbermann Covers Occupy Wall Street Protests Media Blackout" can be seen on you tube

    October 4, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. norsemn

    As a 60+ man, I never did like the Jackson 5 or Michael Jackson and I certainly don't care how or why a drug-addled 50 y/o child molesting, fantasy laden perverte died. He's dead, let the trial play out without press hype, get over it and get on with better news, or in your case, entertainment.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • : )

      Non of us know the true story regarding Michael Jackson or any other person. What Michel was or not is also a hype, people become rich by accusing lies daily. The American media is not free it survives on sensational news built on myths and lies. They responsible for creating wars with out getting there facts to the people, ruined lives, chose politicians, destroyed Jobs Careers they and the downfall of our economy with all there economist analyst that is as predictable as the gypsy Fortune Tellers with out stepping foot in any Ivy league. Michael Jackson is dead now why is the media still not letting him and his family rest in peace ? there is more money to milk.

      Where has all the true journalisam gone really? Sorry Pierce you are just an entertainer. Bill Maher and Michel Moore are two honest people you have inviting. Why won't you invite Noam Chomsky or Correspondent Alan Hart of BBC?

      October 4, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pedro

      Mr. Piers, you are among the very few unbiased reporters when it comes to dealing with Michael Jackson. Haters can always whine, but there's a legion of solid Michael Jackson fans all over the world. Thank you very much for covering stories about the King, Michael.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nonameMJ

      I hope at 60, I am not as dumb as you, you make those statements like they are facts and then go ahead to contradict yourself. You say let the trial play out like it is the final say but yet you go ahead to accuse MJ of being a pervert and a pedophile after he was cleared of all charges so which is it, do you believe in the justice system or not. Plus you are biased and you never liked MJ so why must everyone think like you? Why must Piers say what you want him to. You are an old fool who needs to educate yourself and are most likely a racist too. Get over yourself, you do not know more than the jury member you sat in that court and saw all the evidence okay?

      October 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • spanishchick40

      @norsemn: It's fine that you're a 60+ year old man and never liked the Jackson Five or Michael. But calling him a child molester, fantasy laden pervert (you spelled pervert wrong by the way) shows you have probably worked at Sears, Robuck your entire life for minimum wage and look for places like this to vent your jealousy at the greatest entertainer that ever lived. What have you done lately for anyone besides judge someone you didn't know? Get a life.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. anniedomino

    Thanks Piers. Your interviews regarding Michael Jackson are becoming better and better. You clearly have researched Michael's life. Unlike most of the media you are very knowledgeable.
    I see that the haters are here – you people really need to take a long, hard look at your jealous, ignorant, bitter selves. If you are so uninterested why are you posting here. I am South African and only ever watch Piers if something Michael-related is on. So, yes, there are millions of people throughout the world who remain fascinated by Michael and will still be fascinated long after your mediocre lives are played out.
    And it would be a good idea for you haters to do some research on Michael's life before you indulge in the hating and namecalling. He was NOT a child molester and whenever this charge was tested in court he was exonerated. And here's a little bit of information you haters would probably not be aware of – there were at least two other court cases apart from Michael's trial where the issue was tested. When he was sued by the "Neverland 5" and when he sued a turd called Victor Guiterrez.Both times Michael won! He was not "drug-addled", nor was he a drug addict. Maybe you should do some research regarding addiction versus dependence as well as the specifics around Michael's history with "drugs". If you do not have informed opinions, and are not interested I suggest you take your silly selves someplace else.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Paul

    Fans around the world are waiting for justice. Many people are responsible for his death. Michael was attacked in an inhuman manner. The case of children, it was already crossing all borders. Michael really loved children. Michael was a great father. He gave a great example and testimony. He really understood children. See him with the children and see how kids love him. Around the world, helping, visiting hospitals. Children adored him. Even now, we record the voices of Michael in the process. He talks about building a hospital for children. Suffering thought about help for children. Media Bring back the truth about Michael. Respect for Michael. It was too much pain for one innocent man. Mr. Morgan. We look forward to full justice. He wanted to heal the world. He was a gift to the world. His message is really needed now. Bring back the truth about this man. For the good of us all. WE ARE THE WORLD.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. C Ivey

    Dear Piers, First of all I would like to thank you for the postive interview you did with both Howard W and John B. It is not often that Michael Jackson fans get to see a thoghtful interview on Michael. Not many people will believe that Michael Jackson WAS a VERY SMART BUSINESS MAN! It amazes me that most people will believe anything they here. The american public is so brainwashed! MY GOD! The debt that is often referred to in the media is BUSNEISS DEBT NOT PERSONAL DEBT!! PEOPLE LEARN THE DIFFERENCE! I knew when I was 12 years old and he first brought the beatles catalouge. I knew people would be after him from then on!! People could not stand the fact that BLACK MAN(REGARDSLESS OF WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE) TOOK THAT POWER AWAY FROM THE POWERS THAT BE!! aND MARRIED ELVIS'S DAUGHTER!! Which Michael did as a big F-U who said Elvis was the greatest. Back in the day A LOT of WHITE PEOPLE did not like ELVIS PRESLEY!! Don't believe me look it up!! They said he sounded too black and didn't want their kids listening to all that ni-- music and him wiggling his hips. NO LIE!!! Go LOOK it Up !! Any way, Michael Jackson owned much more than people thought! you better believe that. It was also reported he owned the Sun City Hotel in Africia. Did people really pay attention to the interview? Go back and LISTEN to what is being SAID . and HOW they are saying it? People miss ALOT of things in the way it is often delievered , because of their own bais reasons. I think Piers Morgan knows ALOT, and to some degree (dare I say it , A FAN, ). I believe Michael Jackson was a one of a kind and was much , much , smarter than people think he was , that's for sure. I often go back and listen to his interviews and LISTEN to what he say. You better believe, MICHAEL JACKSON GOT THE LAST LAUGH ON ALL THESE FOOLS!!!! AND SOME OF THEM KNOW IT !!!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. nenabunena

    I just wanted to thank you for this interview Piers! It is such a relief to listen to a sincere interview, well-researched & devoid of sensationalism. Bravo! You have my utmost respect, especially in today's world where it's hard to trust the media. I look forward to Cirque Du Soleil, & what an interview this was indeed! The 1st time we hear from Branca, he seems quite shy & quiet. I hope Piers, you can get more prime rare interviews in the future related to MJ, I will look forward to your interviews as I'm sure most fans will. Kudos from the Philippines!

    October 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. MJ my man

    Piers you rock, please continue to report credibly about MJ, there is so much junk out there, people who hate MJ like norsemn, jaker and diane can switch to a channel showing Priscilla talking about Elvis or they can switch to HLN where there more than enough MJ hate to go round and leave people like you on CNN. Ther is a reason why you are on CNN and they are on HLN. You are credible and they are more like tabloid. Keep on rocking Piers, you are the reason I watch CNN.

    As for you ignorant conceited morons, you better research and know that you do not know more than the jury who sat there and saw the evidence and acquitted MJ and neither do you know more than the FBI who investigated him numerous time. And if any of you have any prove that he was a pedo then feel free to refer us to the credible evidence and not some tabloid or something that chows he was weird or different. Weird or different does not equate criminal, and just because it is in print does not make it a fact. Grow a brain.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Alli

    Wow, what a refreshingly positive interview about Michael Jackson! I am so impressed Piers...I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so nice not to have to sit through the usual unproven sensationalistic garbage and just hear the straight facts. I wish more "journalists" would take a page out of your book. I often wonder why, considering Jackson's millions upon millions of fans around the world, the typical biased media would think the fallacious negative stories about him would sell better than the positive ones. Keep up the good work! Alli from Canada.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Kavita

    The interview with John Branca and Howard W. provided a rare and refreshing perspective on MJ... thank you Piers. Here in India, I caught the just past midnight telecast of the show at 12:30 a.m ...it was well worth the effort to stay up late and watch it !! Am really looking forward to more such interesting interviews on MJ. Thanks !

    October 5, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Henry Vaughn

    I'm not interested in Piers AT ALL, can't stand the man, and never could! However after this interview, if he doesn't say or do something Tabloid like against Michael, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and give him credit. I guess ya gotta start some where. No, I didn't watch this show; I'm here to gather up the transcript, read the comments and post a comment. I'm interested in the 2 gentlemen Piers interviewed, Branca and Weitzman. I'm very impressed with the way they're handling The Michael Jackson Estate. I trust Michael left his will in the hands of someone who he trusted. I’m pleased these 2 gentlemen are speaking up about the goodness of Michael Jackson that most people didn't or don't know, so Thank you gentlemen, keep up the good work.

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