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Two days since the church of Scientology aired a powerful if not divisive television commercial during the Super Bowl, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed one of the organization's most-outspoken critics to share a unique blend of insight and perspective.
Prior to leaving the group in 2005, Jenna Miscavige Hill grew up amidst the life first founded by infamous author L. Ron Hubbard and even remained with the organization for five years after her parents left.
In her recently released book "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape," Miscavige Hill details her experiences within a religious group often accused of being a cult that brainwashes its members, and forces children into long hours of unlawful labor.
Speaking live with Piers Morgan, the guest fielded questions about the church's current leader, her uncle David Miscavige:
"Is he an evil man?" Morgan asks.
"Yes," came her response, before adding further context. "As you'll read in my book, like, he has both sides, though. You know, like when I was younger growing up, you know, you sort of see a different side of him. But then you see how things gradually change. And I don't know if that was the evolution of his personality or if it was how he, you know, talked to me as a child and then as I became an adult."
Asked by Morgan to explain the worst parts of a life lived within the walls of the secretive religion, Miscavige spoke of feeling trapped, with no ability to make her own choices:
"I would say the worst part of Scientology is that, you know, it's their doctrine or the highway," she said. "Which is what is so ironic about that Super Bowl ad. It talks about how, you know, seekers of knowledge and think for yourself, but you can't think for yourself when you're there."
Tuesday's program, meanwhile, also saw the host turn his attention to the issue of education in America, as Morgan welcomed Michelle Rhee.
As much of the nation continues to debate the polarizing topic of guns, and firearm legislation, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited Robert Zimmerman Jr. back to the program to discuss the stand-your-ground law in relation to gun control. The brother of the man who shot Trayvon Martin, spoke out against any ban on firearms, noting that when it comes to gun laws, "the reality is criminals don't care."
"Very restrictive gun laws, they don't matter in the hands of a madman." said Zimmerman. "I mean, guns don't fire themselves. And unfortunately I think what we need to ban is turning a blind eye on the mental health crisis that we have in this country. That's what really needed to be banned."
Also on the program, Daniel Hernandez, the former intern who helped to save the life of Gabby Giffords after she was shot at a constituent event in 2011 sat down with Piers Morgan and gave his insight on gun control and the gun culture in America. "I come from Arizona. It's a place that has a shooting culture," said Hernandez. "I've gone hunting with my dad. I had my own weapon when I was younger. But it's a part of our culture that we don't like to talk about and we don't like to really take it head-on."
As an extreme cold snap continued to traverse the Midwest and Eastern United States, "Piers Morgan Tonight," welcomed guests Michael Brune and Marc Morano on Wednesday evening to discuss one of the priority topics for the Obama administration, climate change.
"The reality is that extreme weather is here," said Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club. "The science is settled."
"We noticed that last year we had record numbers of wildfires throughout the Mountain West," explained Brune. "Sixty-one percent of the country suffered a crippling drought. We had Superstorm Sandy with a 1,000-mile diameter storm hitting the east coast."
Meanwhile Morano, the editor-in-chief of Climatedepot.com was of a different opinion and noted, "Evidence is everywhere when you look for extremes. But the bottom line is we have always had extreme weather."
And in response to Morano's perspective, Brune replied, "I haven't met Marc. I'm sure he's a nice guy. He's not a climate scientist. He runs a website that's financed by Chevron and Exxon."
Later in the program, country music singer, songwriter and actor, Dwight Yoakam sat down with Piers Morgan in studio where the two discussed another hot-button issue, guns in America. FULL POST
On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a live studio audience along with a full collection of guests to discuss the most important topics on the mind of Americans as President Barack Obama begins his new term in office.
At the top of the program, Piers Morgan discussed the news of the day including a new school shooting, this time at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College where three people including a school maintenance worker were injured.
Morgan spoke to Lone Star college student and EMT trainee Mark Zaragoza who, while treating the injured, realized he was caring for one of the shooters.
"When we got to the front of the campus, I found out that one of the gentlemen that I was trying to treat wounds on was the suspected shooter," said Zaragoza.
Later, author Suzanna Hupp joined the program and voiced her staunch support for gun ownership by using the argument of suicide. FULL POST
For all his profile pieces in everything from "The Daily Beast" to "CBS News," there is no media forum which truly signifies Piers Morgan's assent into the pulse of American pop culture more than a recurring presence on "Saturday Night Live."
During the final moments of Tuesday evening's show, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host opened himself up for some good-natured ribbing, rolling footage of the most-recent NBC sketch to spoof CNN's favorite British television presenter:
As actor and comedian Taran Killam cued up his best British accent, and sidled up behind a very serviceable replica of the program's infamous green-themed studio, he began:
"Good evening. I'm Piers Morgan, or as you know me, the British Mario Lopez. This week, a series of shocking and confusing revelations. Who lied about what? Who is still hiding the truth? And who - what - huh - who - you - what - who..."
When the footage concluded, there stood the real Morgan, with a live audience – not knowing whether or not it was appropriate to laugh – sitting behind him.
Reviewing Killam's effort, the host shared his thoughts: FULL POST
On Friday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed the always candid and unpredictable Charlie Sheen to the program.
The star of FX's "Anger Management" and one-time infamous monologist on topics such as "warlocks," "tiger blood" and "Vatican assassins" showed a less frenetic and more thoughtful side to his personality as he conversed with Piers Morgan during the hour-long program.
On the issue of gun control and gun ownership Sheen gave his thoughts on the semi-automatic rifle used during the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. "We're not supposed to bury our children," said Sheen. "And it wouldn't have happened if that weapon wasn't involved."
Sheen also talked about some changes in his life since his last interview with Morgan including his parting of ways with the "Goddesses," his simultaneous co-habitation and relationships with model Natalie Kenly and adult film actress, Bree Olsen.
"It gets complicated," explained Sheen. FULL POST
On Thursday evening Piers Morgan welcomed the "Today" show's Hoda Kotb for a fun and very "sober" interview.
Known for her alcohol "enriched" 10 a.m. hour with co-host Kathy Lee Gifford, Kotb shared details of an alcohol abstinence plan that the pair plan to extend through the month.
"It's depressing," Kotb joked. "It's a tough hour to get through."
Morgan then asked Kotb if she'd recommend alcohol for the rest of the "Today" cast to which she teased, "nothing like lubing it up a little. I don't think it could hurt."
Earlier in the program, live guest Mark Sanford opened up about returning to the national spotlight, and embarking upon a new run for Congress.
On Wednesday evening, NBC's "Today" show weatherman Al Roker brought his sunny personality to the "Piers Morgan Tonight" studio for a fun and lively interview.
Roker chatted with Piers Morgan about the ongoing ratings rivalry between "Today" and "Good Morning America". Just this past April, the ABC morning show unseated "Today" from their spot as the top morning news program.
"It's not the worst thing to get a kick in the slacks," said Roker. "We're not changing what we do. We're just gonna work at it that much harder."
And speaking of slacks, Roker also address the "little accident" he experienced during a visit to George W. Bush at the White House a while back. Roker recently confessed in a "Dateline NBC" profile piece that after having bypass gastric surgery he would occasionally have issues with his bowel movements.
Unfortunately, one of those occasions happened on his way to the White House Press Room. "I pooped in my pants," admitted Roker.
"Gastric bypass is a serious surgery," Roker told Morgan. "I was a month away from having the surgery in 2002. If you eat the wrong things you're going to have gastric problems."
Thankfully Roker has healed from his complications noting, "I've been back to the White House about ten times and never had a problem again."
Watch the clips and listen to the interview as Morgan recalls how he'd seen Roker at the White House before and jokes, "Had I known what had been going on before, I would have given you a very wide birth."
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On Tuesday evening, on the day before President Barack Obama presented his new proposal for gun control, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed guests and a live studio audience for a town hall-style discussion on "Guns in America."
During the program, guest Heather Dearman, the cousin of Aurora Theater Shooting victim, Ashley Moser expressed her concern that the "laws that the vice president and the task force have worked so hard on won't pass because what I'm hearing is one side being so adamant on saying that they're right, instead of doing the right thing."
"It's really impossible for me to understand that the killers could get that kind of power in their hands," added guest Kindle Fahlenkamp-Morell, another relative of Moser. "It doesn't make any sense at all to me. I don't blame honorable gun owners. I don't want to take away your Second Amendment rights. But I need to know that you'll stand up for me, too."
Also on the program, the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter shared his support for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's efforts to address gun control saying, "It's a fantastic start. The problem is that we haven't done enough in the past." FULL POST
A month and a day since an unthinkable tragedy in Newtown, Conn. shocked the nation, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a live audience, and a collection of opinionated and insightful guests to Tuesday night's program to offer their thoughts and reactions on an issue that continues to dominate the pulse of America.
Seated on stage with Piers Morgan, the news director of the "Tea Party News Network" Scottie Hughes gave her perspective on "Guns in America." Hughes, whose brother was a fatal victim of gun violence, staunchly supports the Second Amendment and is against any assault weapon ban.
"If we look at all these shootings - where they've happened, schools, malls, theaters - there's one thing they all have in common. They are gun-free zones," said Hughes. "There was no one there with a gun to be able to stop them."
"If you're going to sit here and commit a crime, I'm not going to go to a place where everybody has guns," continued Hughes regarding attacking specifically gun-free zones. "That's why you don't hear gun shows having them."
At the end of the program, Morgan played the new ad released by the NRA. The ad scathingly criticizes President Barack Obama and his push for gun control FULL POST