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May 17th, 2013
08:07 PM ET

Bob Costas on his heated exchange with Vince McMahon: "God knows what he might have been hopped up on"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" welcomes Bob Costas for an engaging, passionate, and entertaining hour of primetime television.

Surrounded on all sides by a full studio audience, the 60-year-old sports broadcasting legend watches with a grin as Piers Morgan plays an old video clip in which the guest interviews professional wrestling personality Vince McMahon.

"Well, here was the deal. It was completely live on HBO, no commercials," explains Costas, describing the intense exchange that took place as part of his "On the Record" program. "I think the segment was scheduled for 15 minutes, but because it got so tense, they just let it keep going, 27, 28 minutes. And much of it was unrelenting tension, just like that."

During the segment, McMahon, the chairman and CEO of the WWE (then known as the WWF,) became visibly irritated with the line of questioning as presented by Costas. As such, he responded by trying to impose him significant physical presence:

"Now, I didn't think - some did - I didn't think that he was going to swat me or wring my neck. I did realize that he was getting up on my grill to try and intimidate me," recalls the man with nearly 20 Emmy Awards to his credit. "Now, he outweighed me more than two to one and...God knows what he might have been hopped up on, all right?"

Surprising his guest, this evening Morgan produces a statement from McMahon, as obtained exclusively by the show's producers.

"Wow!," exclaims Costas, as the "Piers Morgan Live" host reads aloud:

"And it says, 'I used to think Bob Costas was a pompous, arrogant, self-absorbed, pseudo-intellectual little twerp...I used to think that. But now, 12 years later, I've come to realize he's not really a twerp. LOL.'"

Tune in at 9 as the man who's hosted a record nine Olympic games reveals what McMahon said to him during a phone call that took place the day following that infamous interview.
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