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March 4th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

Piers Morgan's working weekend: FOX Soccer by day, "Celebrity Apprentice" at night

Piers Morgan is a lot of things. One-dimensional is not one of them.

While most primetime anchors might have taken a few days off to rest and recover following a lively week (especially those still battling the flu,) the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host was on his feet, and back on the air.

Sharing his incomparable brand of candid commentary and unique insight, Morgan was equal parts analyst and advisor on Sunday, taking to airwaves with opinions on everything from football to fundraising.

As part of Fox Soccer's Sunday coverage of Arsenal vs. Tottenham, Morgan joined Rob Stone in studio with his perspective on Arsène Wenger:

"It's not a distaste for Wenger personally. He's a very cultured, civilized, nice man, I've met him many times," said Morgan of the embattled Arsenal manager. "For eight years it was like the best marriage in the world. This wonder manager came in, we won all the trophies, competed magnificently, and we played a quality of football we hadn't seen in the Premier League ever before. But then something went horribly wrong with Wenger."

A devout, passionate, lifelong fan of the "Gunners," Morgan regularly takes to Twitter with displeasure for the direction the club has taken under the 63-year-old Frenchman who's led Arsenal to 11 trophies since 1996:

Talking with Stone Sunday, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host cited a mentality within the entire organization as being at the root of Arsenal's recent disappointments:

"We've also become a club, that from the top down, from the management to Wenger, they believe coming in fourth is winning a trophy. Coming in fourth is not winning a trophy. Winning, is winning a trophy. We need to get back to a winning mentality."

And it was that same winning mentality that Morgan called up during his reality TV run, when he outlasted a star-studded field in winning the first-ever season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice."

Now, more than five years since earning Donald Trump's admiration and approval, the 47-year-old Brit has returned to the program. Not to defend his crown, but rather, to guide those seeking one of their own.

As an "advisor" on this season's "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," Morgan was invited into the boardroom for the first firing of the season, where he found himself on the same side of the table as Trump:

"Brande, if you hadn't been the 'Project Manager,' you'd have been the superstar of this team, even though they lost," said Morgan to Brande Roderick. "It's a very difficult situation, because I'm sure if you get fired now, you will be the person who has raised the most amount of money in a task, and yet be fired."

Proving once again that the two stars are often of one mind, Trump agreed with his advisor, opting to instead fire rocker Bret Michaels. Like Morgan, Michaels is also a former season winner, who shocked conventional wisdom by returning to defend his title, rather than joining CNN anchor and other previous champs in a pseudo guest judge roll. As the show closed, Morgan noted the odd choice in strategy:

"You want to know the reason why I'm not sitting on that side this season? You just found it!"

Did you see Piers Morgan on any of his outside platforms this weekend? Do you agree with his stance on the Arsenal manager? Do you think he made the right decision by choosing to return to "Celebrity Apprentice" in an advisory role?
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    wow they should get him off the show before he causes the ratings to drop so low the show is cancelled.

    if you have noticed yet that he has offended almost every single person is this country by the way he has a negative impact in the area of reducing gun violence & using victims for his personal gain

    look at his show's ratings. people will never watch this guy on anything ever again in America

    March 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. C Jones


    Who do you think you are? Are you even an American Citizen. Your opinion counts for ZERO unless you are a legal citizen. CNN needs to send you packing back to your own Country. I love CNN, but your programs is CRAP!

    March 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Logan Mulford

    II agree with your views on gun control, but you don't seem to understand the American gun culture, and the fact that nobody is going to be able to do anything to improve the situation until we change that culture. This will be very difficult and take time, but it is the only way. We had a similar cultural bias in the 1960's that had to be changed before we could end the war in Vietnam. One of the things that had a profound effect during Vietnam was the nightly news broadcasting a "body count" every evening. Being reminded every night how many American men had died that day and how many had died since the war began helped change the society's thinking. You are uniquely positioned to begin the same thing in this situation. I realize media is very different now, but if you started to remind your viewers every night how many Americans died that day, how many have died since Sandy Hook and make a point of it every night, change may be possible. Please use your influence, both with your audience, and with other media personalities on CNN to help spread this practice across all responsible media outlets and we may have a chance to slow the carnage some day.

    March 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SHW

      The problem here is Morgan's program is not like news media as you stated. His show 's rating is sinking fast. The more he talks, the less people watch and more people go out to buy gun.. I think his arrogant manner has something to do .
      Do you not agree when he talks about gun he acts like a mad man?

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