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June 25th, 2013
04:01 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Tavis Smiley on Paula Deen, Dr. Oz on Gandolfini’s heart attack and Angelina’s double mastectomy

Whether you fell asleep early, stayed out too late, or simply want to watch it again, we realize it's not always possible to get your entire "Piers Morgan Live" fix from television. As an answer to this, we offer the below labor of love – "Piers Morgan Live, Rewind" – dedicated and designed to getting you caught up and connected to the conversation.

  • Smiley on Paula Deen: "That's troubling for me"

In the midst of the media frenzy over Paula Deen's admitted use of racial slurs which surfaced during her sexual and racial harassment lawsuit, on Monday night Piers Morgan invited PBS Broadcaster Tavis Smiley to weigh in on the controversy.

Since issuing her apologies last Friday, the celebrity chef has been fired from the Food Network, dropped by sponsors and publically vilified. Smiley defended those consequences from a corporate standpoint:

“Corporations have every right to best serve their consumers, and if they think that having someone on the air who has admitted to doing this would damage their brand - God forbid the day comes up and we discovered that you used [racial slurs], CNN would have to deal with you.”

But Deen’s tarnished reputation, Smiley argues, is an inevitable result of her history with racism and off-color jokes:

“We're just human. We all make mistakes. God knows I'm a cracked vessel. What I look for in the lives of fellow citizens is growth - is development. If you used [racial slurs] 40, 50 years ago, that's one thing. But when stories continue to come out that you've said and done that I find troubling in the last couple of years...that's troubling for me.”

  • Dr. Oz on Piers Morgan's failed flu shot: "God knows where you traveled"

Last January, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave Piers Morgan his first flu shot, live, on set, with a studio audience looking on. Ten days later, Morgan came down with a nasty case of the flu. Dr. Oz came back to the studio Monday to help explain why:

“A few months after I desecrated your arm, Piers, I got - God knows where you traveled to to pick up those two strains of the virus," noted Oz. "I actually had some folks from our government come on. I gave them a hard time because this flu shot this year only worked about 56 percent of the time. Most of the folks who got the flu shot who came down with the flu didn't get it from the shot. They got it because the shot hadn't protected them.”

Morgan also probed television’s favorite surgeon about the future of predictive genetic testing, which was brought to the spotlight after Angelina Jolie announced her preventive double mastectomy.

“The big story is that not all of these genetic predispositions are going to force you to have your breasts taken off or your ovaries removed,” Oz clarified. “This is the first, Piers, about a series of opportunities we're going to have to our lifetime, to be told dangerous things about our future, predictive things about whether we're going to get Alzheimer's, heart attacks or cancer, and then either act or not act. And the real question is not whether you're brave or not brave or fearful or not fearful, it's whether you embrace the fears that are out there. That's what this technology gives us the opportunity to do because if you know there's a risk out there, what you do with it is the real issue, not whether you run from it or run towards it.”

  • Dr. Oz on heart health warning signs

On Monday, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and overall health guru Dr. Mehmet Oz joined “Piers Morgan Live” to shed some light on the subtle, and often overlooked warning signs of a heart in distress:

“Shortness of breath, the inability to walk up two flights of stairs or a sudden change on how breathless you get during normal activities. That's an issue that really worries me. It's subtle but it's there and it's a big warning sign to everybody out there.”

On the heels of the recent passing of "The Soprano's" star James Gandolfini, Oz pointed to the actor's unhealthy weight:

“If you look like Mr. Gandolfini, that's a warning sign as well,” cautioned Oz. “Waist size that is more than half your height is a warning sign because that increased girth predisposes you to the risk factors of heart disease which are high blood pressure, the number one cause of death, and risk factor for it, diabetes and high cholesterol.”

Diet also plays a crucial role in heart health, even in the short term, as illustrated in Gandolfini’s case:

“It turns out that fatty foods - they literally close down the arteries of the heart, and that's a problem because if you already have a blockage there and they spasm a little bit, you don't have any blood going to the heart or that life-sustaining juice, you have a heart attack.

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  1. Patricia Broderick

    Hi Piers, We follow you, here in Zimbabwe. About Dr Oz on heart attacks he was wrong, on one point, about fatty foods. Fats are good for you highly processed carbohydrates and sugar are bad for you. Science is now telling us that inflammatory conditions including inflamed arteries are causing heart attacks and strokes and many other non communicative diseases. I don't want to go into detail here but it is a BIG subject and I think you could help America by talking about it. Heart specialists all over the world are starting to admit they were wrong and are changing the advice on nutrition that they give to patients. Podcasts by Dr Su (he interviews many different medical experts) will explain the science to you. It would be good to interview him. Google low carb, high fat, protein diets versus high carbohydrates and you will see that science is ahead of what most Drs advise and which advice has now become dogma. We hear about the high cost of Health Care in the US and the problems of obesity which Dr Oz described but if the population could change their diets these costs would decrease. It is political because Big Business produces the processed carbs which are so bad for us. It is ironic that here in Zimbabwe people suffer from poor nutrition due to rotten bad governance and extreme poverty, whereas your far richer Americans suffer from bad and misunderstood eating habits. If you have the time to research it I think you could come up with some very, very provocative and interesting programmes. Well done on gun control!

    June 26, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. worldcares

    I liked the interview, I watched, with Travis Smiley.
    Regarding Dr. Oz, when I was ten years old, back in the middle sixties, I went downtown, with my allowance, and went in to the only health food store.
    I came home with Pink Mint tea and an alternative to salt.
    That was along time ago.
    When food is cooked and already salted to enhance the flavor and people, still, grab up that salt shaker and shake that on their food, I have always wondered about that.
    Canned vegetables are extremely high in sodium.
    Frozen are not.
    Fresh is the best.
    Regarding fats, to butter or not to butter? That is an individual's preference. In my life time, I have known people who use nothing but butter, cooking and baking:
    Regarding carbs, be selecive on what you eat.
    Read the labels and balance out the intake.
    Sugar is another story.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
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