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June 3rd, 2013
04:56 PM ET

Piers Morgan and the "Daily Mail": The Grill, The Donald, and The Discount Offer

With this weekend's beautiful weather, many took to firing up their grills for the summer's first barbecues. Piers Morgan was no different, but rather than traditional hot dog and hamburger fare, the CNN host instead lit a fire beneath some of his favorite friends and foes.

In his most recent Daily Mail "Event," entitled "Van Persie signed his autograph with: So many #Tears4Piers," the British television presenter relived and reviewed some of his most recent roastings:

As part of his new "Piers Morgan Live" segment entitled "The Grill," the anchor has given himself “license to haul guests over the coals like slab of T-bone steak on the barbecue.” Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was one of "The Grill’s" first "victims," prompting the former Secretary of Defense to take issue with a title he believed to be “a little arrogant.”

As a chef never shy to stir the pot, but Morgan quickly quipped that Rumsfeld was hardly someone who should be referring to others as arrogant.

Switching mediums from television to Twitter, on Tuesday Morgan checked in with the man who famously never fired him: Donald Trump. As the czar of TV's "The Apprentice" franchise, of late "The Donald" has been embroiled in a social media feud with Lord Sugar, about which he revealed to Morgan:

"I think my favourite moment was when I told Sugar to drop to his knees and thank me."

As Morgan explained "Trump owns part of the worldwide Apprentice format," and with the due nowhere near resolving their issues, followers needn't fret: it appears as if there will be much more entertainment to come.

On a more serious note, Morgan's article touched upon his recent coverage of the Oklahoma tornadoes, about which he said:

"The twister, which killed 24 people and left 10,000 more homeless, was one-and-a-half miles wide, and spent 40 minutes on the ground, slowly, venomously, wreaking mayhem. Scientists said it was many times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. And those poor people had exactly 16 minutes’ warning."

As the host's week continued, he was forced to endure the most-embarassing of all misidentifications:

"I went to buy some provisions from my local New York grocery store this morning and when I reached the counter to pay, the checkout lady stopped, looked me in the eye, and asked: ‘Are you over 55?’ I froze in horror. ‘Sorry? 55 what?’ I spat back indignantly, knowing full well the answer.

‘Years old,’ she confirmed, loudly. I don’t think I’ve ever been so offended in my entire 48-YEAR-OLD life. ‘No! I am most certainly not! I can’t even believe you’ve asked that question! And more to the point, WHY did you ask that question?’

‘I only asked you the question,’ she replied, calmly, ‘because if you WERE over 55, you’d qualify for our special offer today of ten per cent off all items.’ The customers behind me burst out laughing."

For more of Morgan's musings, specifically to hear about the unwelcome present he received in the mail from a former football friend, read the entire article.
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    Piers, I love your " Daily Mail " column & I always read it online every Sunday. Will you provide a window over here like this one each week devoted to your @EventMagUK column so that your column reaches more people in the United States ?

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