Piers Morgan: Replacing the
CNN's Newest Host, winning Celebrity Apprentice, Elizabeth
Taylor, his proudest career moment & a shocking answer to who he would interview
- alive or dead.
BY JILL SIERACKI
Since it was announced in September 2010 that British journalist Piers Morgan
would take over the time slot vacated by CNN veteran Larry King, Americans
have been eager to get to know the new host. We’d already seen Morgan on Britain’s
Got Talent (who could
forget that stunned expression when the world met Susan Boyle?), and tuned in
for his winning run on Celebrity
Apprentice. But watching him go toe-to-toe with the likes of
Howard Stern, Oprah, Anthony Hopkins and Barbara Walters on his nightly
Morgan Tonight, has been a new experience. Thanks to his
25-plus years as a journalist—including serving as editor in chief of the UK’s Daily
Mirror, his work with the BBC and his ITV talk show, Piers
Morgan’s Life Stories—Morgan has more than held his own. Here,
it’s our turn to ask the tough questions.
does no one know about Piers Morgan?
one career moment that you're most proud of?
Winning "Newspaper of the Year" at British Press Awards in 2002 for Daily
of 9/11. I was editor-in-chief.
do you find to be an inspiring place to write questions?
oddly creative in the shower.
could interview any famous person, living or dead, who would it be?
I'd ask him: "Want one bullet or two?"
did you realize you wanted to be a journalist?
watching Frost/Nixon at age 12.
are your heroes?
Murdoch, Nelson Mandela, Freddie Flintoff.
King had the suspenders, Ellen DeGeneres the dance moves. What is your signature
stamp of Piers
British accent is all I need.
are three ingredients of a successful interview?
Research, humor, spontaneity.
is your greatest indulgence?
Chateau Latour 1961.
really loved it. It showed how much of a competitor that we true Brits generally
are. I really loved raising the money for the different charities. Those were
who just won’t go away. She’s worst than a cockroach. How does this evil person
continue to get recurring 15 minutes of fame when she truly is a