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February 11th, 2014
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"Piers Morgan Live, Rewind": Leonard Nimoy on COPD, and the authors of HRC on the role Bill Clinton might play in Hillary's campaign

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.

  • Leonard Nimoy: “Beam up,” don't “light up”

It’s rare for a television show in general, and a science fiction program specifically, to create its own sub-culture, morphing into a multi-billion dollar industry in the process. But for the countless fans who proudly call themselves "Trekkies," this is precisely the phenomenon that's developed as a result of the 1960s cult classic. Joining "Piers Morgan Live" on Monday evening, Star Trek protagonist Leonard Nimoy endorsed the concept of being "beamed up," while cautioning against lighting up.

Nimoy, who played “Spock” in the show's original series, recently revealed that he has lung disease following years of heavy smoking.

Joining the host for a live interview, Nimoy confessed to smoking “a couple packs a day", a function of an era in which it was a cultural norm for people to light up regularly, without fear of long-term health risks.

“People were being told smoking is terrific,” Nimoy recalled, referencing a 1946 Camel cigarettes campaign that stated “more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.”

Nimoy expressed to Piers Morgan how fortunate people are today to know of the dangers of cigarettes. However, information doesn’t make smoking any less addicting, and for many like Nimoy, lasting consequences are already taking effect:

“You have to treat it as an addiction and understand that it's not too early to quit. Young people think, maybe in 10 years I'll quit, you know," said Nimoy, who has COPD despite quitting smoking three decades ago. "The damage is being done right now, everyday you light a cigarette, that you're losing cells in your lungs.”

  • The Monica Effect: How might Bill's indiscretions hurt Hillary's ambitions

On Monday night, Piers Morgan Live welcomed writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the duo behind the new book “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton” which is in bookstores this week.

As the book's subject eyes a likely run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Morgan wondered how HRC's husband, and his well-chronicled tryst with Monica Lewinsky, might impact the race.

Rand Paul and others have been trying to ramp up the sense that when Hillary runs, Bill will still be lurking around and he's a liability because of what happened 16 years ago with an intern at the White House,” stated the "Piers Morgan Live" host.

Joining the program for a live conversation, Parnes downplayed any hangover following the Clinton's first stint at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

“I don't think it matters,” he said. “I think when people go to the polls, they're going to look for what she did.”

In terms of Bill Clinton's role, Parnes suggested he'll be used in very much the same manner as he was during Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign:

“Use him [Bill] at public events and not so much talk to the press which is kind of a weakness for him, and he'd rather be talking to the people rather than the press.”

Allen chimed in, touting the positives that the former president brings to the table:

"There are a lot of politicians in the world who are very jealous of Bill Clinton's natural charm and his ability to condense arguments into a couple of words,” he said.

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  1. Alice Caban

    Piers,
    I am a fan of your show...so I felt compelled to express my disappointment that you are bringing Ann Coulter the "subhuman" of this world on your show. She is evil and full of hate and I won't be watching tonight and am rethinking viewing your show in the future. A network that airs any interview with this person so full of hate will not get my time.

    February 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jan

      Alice,
      Do you watch Piers when haters such as Bill Mahrer or Michael Moore are on?

      February 11, 2014 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dennis Anderson

    I totally agree with Ms Caban. It is a total insult to your viewers when you bring a person with such a closed mind as Ms Coulter on your show. She doesn't listen, she doesn't process your question, she doesn't answer your question. She only YELLS out her biased seemingly unthought out response. Otherwise I do watch your show.

    February 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Why shouldn't Ann Coulter be on the show when we have to be subjected to Bill Mahrer's brand of hate frequently?

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