Piers Morgan's first guest: Oprah Winfrey

Piers-Oprah-WinfreyImage Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosPiers Morgan announced today that Oprah Winfrey will be his first guest when he launches Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN Jan. 17. Winfrey is busy plugging her new cable network OWN — in fact, she’ll meet with TV critics later today in Pasadena, Calif. — but Morgan said that wasn’t the only reason she made a compelling first guest.

“No one can say that Oprah isn’t a great get,” Morgan told critics. “It’s ridiculous. She’s one of two or three of the most brilliant gets in the world. She’s a compelling interview. Everyone has interviewed Oprah over the years. Is my interview as good as the ones that have been done before? She thought so. I guarantee you’ll enjoy this one.”

Morgan’s executive producer Jonathan Wald teased that Winfrey will even address her recent televised talk with Barbara Walters.

As for his new show, Morgan simply said, “I want this show to be highly opinionated. I don’t want it to be shrieky, I’m a Republican or Democrat. I want to unlock the real people, whoever they are.”

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  • Der

    Oprah’s new network looks fantastic. Keep reaching for the stars oprah. I have so much respect for her talent, intelligence, drive and work ethic. She could just retire and count her money, but instead she puts her name on the line building a network and creating jobs. Love her.

  • Matt

    That is an AWFUL picture of her. Why on earth would you choose that? (Cue the haters comments…)

    • Bababooey

      Can’t wait until he interviews Howard Stern!

  • I see

    Hey, you gotta start out big. And I’m sure Oprah brought her staff over from her show to fill jobs on her network. Sounds like that’s the thing she would do.

    • jake

      um…her s how is still going on so most of those pple still have to work on her talk show…even tho shes only doing 130 new episodes – while most s hows usually do 200 episodes. Wonder what will happen to Harpo studios in Chicago and all those employees – many who have been in Chi town for years working on other show slike Jenny Jones etc. Own is based in LA

  • Puhleeze

    Dual tools.

  • Barack Palin

    Second guest-Gayle.

  • c coupon

    I am SICK of O and her over-rated effect on America. Retire already! She has no kids, no husband and preaches constantly, proclaiming to “understand”. She doesn’t live in a world of reality. Try being a single mom, financing 3 kids through college and having no retirement plan because you lived your life for those you love. No regrets here because, I didn’t live selfishly. It was never about “ME” !!!!!!!!!

    • ewsteve

      and yet every word you typed seems to be all about YOU

      • c coupon

        Not all about me. Just sick of people that haven’t lived it preaching to those who have. May as well be a priest giving marriage counciling!(yes I am Catholic)Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you think they will. If you haven’t lived it, don’t speak to it!

      • moi

        Right c coupon…we all know has never gone through a hard time or faced challenges…….do you even know anything about her?

  • Barry

    Is he spending a day at the zoo in addition to her interview?

  • Frank

    I was hoping for something fresh. There are more interesing people in the 300 mil strong U.S.than the same old showbiz types.

    • Fex

      I like oprah a lot. She accomplished so much yet she can’t stop creating jobs. She’s fabulous

  • Michael

    Oh God, he sounds as pompous and self impressed as the happy brits who got rid of him say! To repeatedly call a guest a “get”??? I know its an industry term, but one to be used inside the industry, not with the public. He seems very focused on what everyone will think of him, not her.

  • Liza

    I can’t stand Piers Morgan and his incredibly stupid commercials for his show. “You can call me british but don’t call me boring.” His show hasn’t even started yet, how do we know if it’s boring? ” Come on guys I made Simon Cowell cry!” Oh brother, when did he make him cry? and who cares? Making people cry is Barbara Walters thing anyway. I just can’t stand how CNN is trying to make the show seem like it’s so controversial and interesting when it hasn’t even aired yet! Did anyone see when Piers and Sam Donaldson were going at it over the use of Twitter and Facebook? Piers got his ass handed to him and he made the most weak arguments about how ” you can see the way america is reacting during the interview so you know what to ask!” You should already know what to ask, it’s calling being prepared. I’ve seen him in a few other interviews on CNN and I’m deeply unimpressed. Bring on Anderson Cooper’s new show!!

  • bigbadbud

    Wow Morgan…I haven’t seen O on the tube for at least 20 seconds.

  • Mr.Beepo

    As if I needed another reason to not watch this crud.

  • Andy

    I agree 100% with Liza… when will CNN learn, first Parker Spitzer now Piers Morgan. There are so many very talented people to take this time slot and Piers is not one of them. Anderson Cooper is the only show on CNN that I will continue to watch.

  • Me

    Piers Morgan is just a tool of the highest order.
    Example: Saying he would never allow Madonna on his show because she is so boring. There is no other female on Planet Earth who is as globally famous as Oprah besides Madonna.
    Loved M’s comment regarding his statement: Who is Piers Morgan?
    Cancelled within the year for sure.

  • Get Real

    Piers made himself famous as a yellow journalist. Whoopee. Brits are always very much impressed with themselves – silly gits!

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