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July 17th, 2013
04:00 PM ET

"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": TV's Nick Cannon and radio's Tom Joyner support Rachel Jeantel

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.

  • Nick Cannon: "Just because it's the law doesn't mean it's right"

With the recently rendered "Not Guilty" verdict in the George Zimmeran trial still pacing the national conversation, on Tuesday evening Piers Morgan asked his old "America's Got Talent" partner to offer his personal perspective:

"My grandfather was actually the one that told me this, being someone who grew up in the South. He said 'just because it's the law doesn't mean it's right,'" said Cannon, who spent much of the weekend voicing his dissatisfaction with the jury:

Joining the program for a live, face to face conversation, the host of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" elaborated:

"Civil rights to women's rights ... we're a growing nation and we've made some horrible decisions with the law and I believe right now that this law, whether it's 'stand your ground' or how this one was rolled out, was definitely the wrong decision. So it's unfortunate."

  • Tom Joyner on Rachel Jeantel: “She deserves a chance”

Rachel Jeantel’s testimony in the Zimmerman trial elicited an incredibly wide-reaching variety of responses, many of which were remarkably vindictive. But her appearances first on the stand, and subsequently in the studio with Piers Morgan happened to catch the attention of at least one man whose empathy might just change the course of her life.

Radio host Tom Joyner joined “Piers Morgan Live” last night to share his perspective on the public criticism of star witness Jeantel, and also what he plans to do about it:

“Well, it all started of course at the trial. And when she testified, the reaction to her testimony was very troubling to me. People were criticizing her and her education and communication skills," Joyner told Morgan. "The way the lawyer was just beating her up on the stand just really moved me. And then last night when I saw her on your show, you did a follow-up question that said what do you want to do in life.”

Says Joyner, upon hearing Jeantel speak, he was instantly energized to help:

“That's when the light bulb went off,” Joyner continued. “I said I want to help her. We have a foundation that helps students in historically black colleges and universities. The Tom Joyner Foundation has been around since '98 and since then, we've donated and raised more than $65 million to that end.”

With years of experience helping other victims of the legal system’s inefficiencies, Joyner was the perfect candidate to step up and provide support for the young woman that never asked to be in the national spotlight.

“She deserves a chance,” Joyner told Morgan.

  • Tom Joyner: “I don’t think Rush Limbaugh has license to use the N word”

Last night on “Piers Morgan Live,” radio host Tom Joyner came to the defense of Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel, and following her candid interview with Piers Morgan on Monday, she continues to face intense national scrutiny. Criticism of Jeantel’s education, cultural background, and understanding of generational norms have left some people questioning her credibility and societal values. One of those to recently voice criticism is Rush Limbaugh, as the right wing radio personality misconstrued Jeantel’s statements, in the process deeming it okay for him to use the "N" word:

“So nigga with an 'A' on the end," said Limbuagh on his show Monday. "Isn't that the point? Because it's not racist. That's the point. I could be talking about a male. I could be - a Chinese male. The guy at the laundromat, I could be talking about a man. That's what she said it means.”

Piers Morgan asked Joyner about the significance of the disconnect between Jeantel and Limbaugh, and whether that may have impacted the jury's verdict:

“First of all, I don't think Rush Limbaugh has license to use the 'N word,' so he should say the 'N word.' He shouldn't say the actual word. I don't say it ... and that's number one," noted Joyner. "That's the way they talk. That's the way they communicate, and that's the way it should be taken.”

Joyner continued with his support of Jeantel, voicing concern for her personal plight:

“All this criticism about, you know, how the system has failed her or she's failed the system. She's 19 years old and she's a senior in high school. Right, OK. So in the past year-and-a-half her life has been turned upside down. She's been back and forth with depositions and appointments and everything, plus sad about her best friend being killed. So her senior year is all a wreck.”

In terms of how her emotional baggage may affect her college preparation, Joyner didn’t appear too concerned – he seemed to believe in her resilience:

“It's going to take some work, first of all, to get her high school diploma and get her ready for the SAT test ... and then entered into college. But we are going to do that ... I told her she can go to any historically black college she wants to.”

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  1. bruno

    people makes to many comments most the opposite people on George case my comment if the boy called 911 instead to confrontation to day hi will be on heart with us. so stop race stop bull and stop rally the verdict was served go on with your life do not make that a national disaster because we have enoff of you game and CNN news

    July 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. David Gow

    CNN the "Properganda" channel.. EVERYONE KNOWS THAT..!!!

    July 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Inge Schnara

    I used to enjoy watching Piers Morgan, but he is getting so self righteous and downright confrontational with some of his guests that do not agree with him, condescending in that British way on many occasions, he should really rethink his approach and realize he is in the United States, not in the UK. Seems that he even bashes the US at times. I am also a naturalized citizen, but love this country – if you don't like it, go back to where you came from.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Holly Galbreath Hash

    I caught the end of Piers Morgan's interview with Larry Elder. Congratulations, Mr. Elder, for being the voice of truthfulness and reason. Piers was baiting you and, in my opinion, not handling the interview very professionally. Maybe CNN should hire Mr. Elder to replace Mr. Morgan. Mr. Morgan doesn't seem able to distinguish between fact and fiction.

    July 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Malkia

    First of all, love your show Mr. Morgan! These RACISTS' comments are ridiculous!!! My Ancestors built this country!! I am not going anywhere!! YOU LEAVE!!
    Secondly, the entire Zimmerman Case is a grave injustice!! And, African-Americans are tired and we will fight for justice!!
    Mr. Morgan, Larry Elder is a modern day UNCLE TOM!!!!!
    Zimmerman will end up in Hell one way or another for killing a child!!! God has the final say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Adrian Glover

    On the TM/GM case no one ask this question to Zimmerman,he stated that he went to get an address so he could tell the dispatcher his location but I never heard him do that (give an address or his location)when he was on the phone all i heard was he didn't wanted to give his address out.Then he said he was walking back to his car without giving the dispatcher what it was that made him get out his car in the first place.Why would he have been walking back to his car without giving that information to the dispatcher first?If he was walking back to his car he wouldn't have need an address or location because wasn't his car in front of the complex where the police had to come through,all he had to do was wait to they(police) arrive if he was just going back where he had just left.Because he didn't gave any further assistance to the dispatcher by getting out of his car,no location no address.My opinion is that wasn't his intention ,he wasn't looking for no addresss because he never said an addresss to the dispatcher he was looking for Trayvon.LIES LIES LIES!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2013 at 4:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Carla

    Who cares what Nick Cannon has to say? Why is he popping up everywhere? He has nothing to do with this case. Why is he even featured as a correspondent??

    July 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. OMG??

    Who cares what N.Cannon thinks about the Tm/Zimm Case. My question... would be to Mr Cannon, would you say that Mr Zimmerman is guilty... even before you heard the facts that were presented during the trial. If so you are just as bad as the people in L.A. during the free TV tuesday riots.

    July 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wes

      AGREED. Nick Cannon's opinion is IRRELEVENT

      July 19, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Pertinax

    Jeantel will be 20 when she graduates high school .... and she barely speaks English. Go ahead Joyner who cares who you like and what you do. The jury was quite correct in dismissing her. She lied several times and said things damaging to the case.

    July 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Angie S

    Thank you Nick for speaking out. Now make sure you don't vacation in Florida. No DisneyWorld and No Heat Games in Florida – only away games!

    July 19, 2013 at 4:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Angie S

    To the idiots talking about how old Rachel will be when she finishes HS – the point is she will finish. When I received my undergraduate degree there was a woman who graduated with us who was 70 years old who came to school in a wheelchair. its never to late to learn – and Rachel has plenty of life ahead of her.

    July 19, 2013 at 4:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pertinax

      @Angie S...Well it does matter. Repeating grades and being to old to be an actual high school student costs everyone more money and it over crowds our schools. Making things worse is the fact that the money the tax payers spent on her education didn't amount to much... But to you that's no big deal. Maybe Detroit is a better place for you to live. There you can feel in harmony with your perfect world.

      July 19, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • bin clever are very prejudiced.i hope you will live to see that girl succeed...God uplifts people and you have no rights to be saying things like that.

        July 23, 2013 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Candace

    This is all so very sad. I think people need to relax and just think it is what is. Nothing has really changed in this country since slavery it just seem to be overlooked a lot. A child did die and that is the saddest thing in whole mess.

    July 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eliana

      I am a peace-loving person. The color of one's skin makes no difference to me. I judge people by their deeds, not by the color of their skin. This being said, I am sick and tired to hear people just like you, Candace, to hear them bring into the pot the issue of " slavery" racial injustice, etc.etc... It's people like YOU that keep the pot forever stirred and YOU could very easily turn the peace-loving person that I am into an activist, but certainly not one for your camp. Trayvon Martin started a fight and would have won it, perhaps killed George Zimmerman in the process, or perhaps maim him for the rest of his life, if not for Mr Zimmerman carrying a weapon and using it when he realized his own life was in great danger. I say let's turn our attention now on this man Michael Maddison of Cleveland Ohio, the young black man who horribly tortured and killed at least three young white women. He was caught a few days ago. Now, when the monster has his day in court and the jury returns a guilty verdict, will YOU and the NAACP and all the "reverends" claim racial injustice then? Or perhaps YOU expect a verdict like the one OJ Simpson received some years back????? I didn't hear the NAACP – or anyone in the black communities either – cry injustice and racism back then. A young woman and her young friend had murdered in cold blood by Simpson and he went free. FREE! So if you really want change and for everyone to go forward, stop crying injustice where there is none, and start helping make a difference. Polarizing the black communities will also polarize the white folks and nothing positive will get done then.

      July 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sean

    I don't know what people can't admit that Trayvon Martin wasn't a child, he was 17. Guess what I did when I was 17, I was in the delayed entry program for the Army. The MAN everybody keeps calling a child was 17!!!! He had every right to be concerned about Zimmerman following him but he could have just asked him why he was being followed and then presented his case to him. I guess next time somebody follows me because of their concern for not only their safety but that of others, I'll just throw down gangster style...

    July 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pertinax

      I too joined the Army at age 17.... nobody called me a BOY. The govt was all to happy to take me and let me die if need be. At 17 a male is a young man and as far as Jeantel goes at age 19... she better clean her act up.

      July 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bree

      You are ignorant and foolish. Why is it Trayvon's fault? Why Zimmerman follow him? He's not a cop! While you are doing your thing...."gangsta style" as you put it why don't you stop and think about what you would do if you had been in that young man's shoes. Would you really stop and try to explain yourself to a stranger that is pursing you? Really? You sound just crazy!

      July 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mayanne

      Trayvon DID ask him why. Watch the police interview: Zimmerman was in his car; Trayvon walked up and stood about a car length away and asked ZM why he was following him. Zimmerman refused to reply and just kept his window rolled up. No wonder the kid was scared, after that he would naturally assume ZM was following him for "creepy" reasons.

      July 24, 2013 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • FXPRO

        Then dial 911 or call home genius. .

        July 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • eliana

        Maryanne, the 17 years old, 6"2 physically fit black man with a black hoody should have walked back to the home his father shared with his girlfriend and where he himself was living temporarily. He didn't want to do that, not just yet. . Instead, he saw in Mr. Zimmerman the opportunity to "get himself a white man" as he had been texting his friends earlier that week... So he decided to intercept Mr Zimmerman who was being a good citizen by helping protect his neighborhood from the young hoods and the thugs who had been terrorizing it for months. Not only he, Trayvon Martin, didn't choose to just walk home, but he even started a fight that he assumed he was going to win – after all, a physically fit 6"2 man could easily beat a 5"7 overweight man. He didn't count on Mr Zimerman being armed for his own protection. Had Mr Zimmerman not had a gun to protect himself, Trayvon Martin would have hit him until....when? until he had killed the white man he was straddling while hitting his head on the concrete and bashing his face with his fists???? All of it was a tragedy! I feel for both families. I feel for George Zimmerman and his wife. Justice was served. Now let's move on.

        July 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eliana

      Nick Cannon, you surprise me. I thought you were more intelligent than that! Obviously, for you too, it's all about race and the color of one's skin. Nick Cannon, you disappoint me!

      July 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eliana

      Sean, I agree with you totally. Martin had been expelled from school. Apparently, he was also a trouble maker in school, creating fights and not following the rules. So he was not the innocent "child" the NAACP and his mother and her friends tried to portray him as.
      At 17 years old, Trayvon Martin is far from the "child" too many try to portray him. Let's face it, even some12 year old children can and do kill. We see that in the news often enough. But Martin was not 12 years old and Martin was not a "child". So please, let's not try to claim that 17 years old, 6"2 Martin is a "child".

      July 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Lord Toronaga

    Cannon made that racist movie "White Chicks".... So who exactly spreads lies and hatred. He dresses himself up as a Blond girl and makes fun of her.

    July 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • AngieS

      The truth is Cannon acted in the movie. The studio that produced the movie "made it". So go after them. Probably 20 Century Fox , Sony, or one of he other big studios. If you want to call them racists go at it.

      July 21, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Pertinax

        So the people who make money from racist actions are not guilty of anything ? And I'm not so sure he didn't have a executive interest in the movie. In short, by liberal standards.... he is a hate monger on any level.

        July 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. worldcares

    Mr. Cannon, your Grandfather spoke sage words.

    July 21, 2013 at 3:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Katie

    Well Peirs, I've seen and heard all I need to hear about this case. George got away with murder in plain sight, he said Trayvon Martin said you are going to die tonight and that's when he shot him, then he said, oh you got me. WOW! This is the biggest lie and that's why they didn't put him on the stand. Zimmeran saw that young BLACK man and the first thing came to his mind was he is up to no good, it was raining so why not put your hood on to keep your head from getting wet. Stay in the car George the dispatcher says do not persue him, if Treyvon approached him, he was supposed to ask why was he following him. They always get away he said, what does that mean? George wanted to kill that night and that's what he did, KILLED TREYVON MARTIN.

    July 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Eliana

      Kathy, all I want to say to you: Did you follow the trial? If you did, then why are you still claiming untruths? If you didn't not, then what do you really know about the case?

      July 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scrugj

      Your story is full of holes and ignores the preponderance of the evidence. But let's not pay attention to the doesnt fit in with what the black community thinks should happen so therefore it can't possibly be true.

      August 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Pertinax

    "One of those arrested was a former deputy to Piers Morgan, the current CNN interviewer, a person briefed on the arrests said.

    Morgan's time at the Daily Mirror has been clouded by repeated allegations of phone hacking, some of them fed by Morgan's own statements. In a newspaper article in 2006, Morgan boasted of eavesdropping on a phone message left by Paul McCartney on his ex-wife Heather Mills' answering machine."


    July 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. FXPRO

    How could you expect Zimmerman to know if Trayvon was a child or not while he was being beaten up? And what difference does that even make? Everyone has the right to defend themselves and that's what this was - a self defense case. Stand your ground was not used as a defense. By the way, who says just because you're a child you are automatically innocent? Recall the two "children" who shot Antonio West in the face? No one tried to call that a hate crime even though the kids were black and the mother (also shot) and 15 month old son were white. No white equivalent of Al Sharpton to cry foul there. Children can be just as potentially deadly as adults. Bottom line, if Trayvon hadn't stopped to engage, he would still be alive today. Tragedy? YES! Injustice? NO! Wake up.

    July 25, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • eliana

      I absolutely agree with you, Kathryn. Some folks try to portray Trayvon Martin as the innocent "child" he certainly was not. And why weren't the photos CNN posted of the young man recent photos instead of him at 11 years old??? Because he looked like a "child" then. He certainly didn't look like a child in recent photos of him portraying himself as the tough guy he obviously was. After all, Martin was the aggressor! After all, why didn't Martin just walk home and not wait in the dark to intercept Mr Zimmerman who was only protecting his crime-ridden neighborhood? And I am getting sick and tired of the folks complaining about the verdict. Justice was served, let's move on. As I remember, I didn't see the NAACP and the black communities all over the US complaining one bit about O.J. Simpson after the Not Guilty verdict when it was obvious to everyone that he had murdered his white ex wife and her white friend....O.J. Simpson even bragged about how he did it in a book...So now "they" claim racial injustice????....Until now, I judged people by their deeds, not by the color of their skin. The NAACP and the "reverends" polarizing the black communities in this way is now polarizing all the "white" folks who have had it with the unending cries of "racial discrimination". I bet most of them didn't even follow the trial, but they knew all along that it would not matter that the innocence of Mr Zimmerman was being proven in court, because they were going to cry" discrimination" if the trial didn't go their way. Let's face it, the silent majority is getting tired of hearing about racial injustice, and blah, blah, blah...

      July 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Kathryn

    George should have stayed in the car, but the story seems to be that he hunted down and killed a black child just because he was black, then got away with because he was white. Nothing I heard during the trial indicated this was the case. So why do so many people assume the jury got it wrong? Also, in what situation is a person that is half Hispanic/half white called white? In this situation is Zimmerman constantly referred to as white and not Hispanic? Maybe it just makes better press to make it a black/white issue. Another point, did Trayvon actually purchased Arizona Watermelon Citrus juice and skittles, not tea and skittles. Arizona Watermelon Citrus juice, skittles, and cough syrup make something called Lean. Do a little research and see what Lean is. If he did by the Arizona drink, why does every keep saying he was killed walking home after buying tea and skittles?

    July 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. brownsirts

    “First of all, I don't think Rush Limbaugh has license to use the 'N word,' so he should say the 'N word.' "

    That's the whole problem. We use that word all the time, but bristle should a "cracka" us it. How hypocritical is that, Mr. Joyner?

    July 26, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Scrugj

    The double standard persists......blacks use "the "N" word" in music, when describing each other, when talking to their kids, in movies, comedy routines......quite literally everywhere!!!! But no one else is allowed to use it...........but its ok if they use racial slurs to describe me or my friends......because nothing they say could be as bad as that one word.......and the media......our wonderful, liberal, bleeding heart, story twisting media.......they help perpetuate the folk lore and myth....throwing the fuel on the fire until Reverend Al, Jesse, the ACLU, and any democratic liberal seeking election come galloping in looking for an open microphone!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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