Piers Morgan's six reasons to watch his new CNN show: He'll be unpredictable, have global impact, make Simon Cowell cry

piers-morganImage Credit: Lorenzo Bevilaqua/CNNPiers Morgan is hardly lacking in confidence, but even he admits to a smidge of anxiousness as he prepares to launch his new CNN interview show Piers Morgan Tonight (Jan. 17), which replaces Larry King Live. “It feels like being a NASA astronaut before lift-off, in that there’s a huge welter of expectation,” notes the 45-year-old Brit, who serves as a judge on America’s Got Talent. “The whole world is literally watching because of the countries the show airs in, and no one’s quite sure how this mission is going to end up. There’s a very good chance it will do very well and I’ll fly to the moon and back, and everyone will be delighted. But of course, we all know from the history of space travel that it occasionally it doesn’t quite work out that way, so that’s where the apprehension comes in.” Before Morgan takes to the air, however, he makes several pledges to you about what to expect from his new series. 

He’ll be unpredictable. “The enemy for any kind of talk show is where there’s too much familiarity, it’s all too obvious, and there’s no sense of any edginess. I want people to watch this not quite sure how things are going to unravel, not quite sure of the dynamic between a particular guest and me, wanting to watch the whole hour because they’re not sure how it’s all going to wash up. That is the right kind of dynamic for an interesting talk show.”

He’ll try to read your mind. “I’d like to ask the questions everyone in America is thinking. If Paris Hilton came on America’s Got Talent, what would her talent be? And I love Paris, but it’d be a good question. If  I have on [John] Boehner, the new speaker of the House, I’d love to look him in the eye and say, ‘Do you think it’s time you got more in touch with your emotional side?’ It’s things like that, where you’re reflecting the view of every American in every bar up and down the country with a little twinkle in your eye and a cheeky smile.”

He plans to show America’s good side to the world. “I want it to have global impact. There’s been a reliance in the past too often of making it all just about America. And what’s really important is that [guests] have a global presence because as someone who’s grown to really love America and the American people, [Americans] do get quite a bad rap around the world. America’s going through a big sea change as a global power, with the emergence of India, China, and Brazil, and other threats to its dominance. America has to reinvent itself, and I’d like to be part of that reinvention process.”

He definitely won’t be wearing suspenders. “I can promise you won’t see me in suspenders. And the real reason is that in Britain, suspenders don’t mean what they mean in America. A suspender is an item of ladies’ lingerie. So when I get asked by Americans, ‘Are you going to be wearing suspenders?’ it feels like quite a perverse question to be asking a Brit. We call [suspenders] braces, which, of course, [Americans] put in your teeth, so the whole thing becomes incredibly complicated and it doesn’t cross the language barrier. I will definitely not be wearing braces.”

He aims to be the Robin Hood of TV. “I want to look after the good guys and take down the bad ones, so I see myself as Robin Hood here. People say, ‘Give me an example,’ and I say, ‘What about that idiot pastor who wanted to burn the Koran at a highly sensitive time for relationships between Muslims and Christians in America?’ I’d like to get him on and maybe tweak his moustache. I could burn his moustache on national TV.”

He will expose the softer side of Simon Cowell. “I made Simon Cowell cry in Britain on TV, so I’d definitely like to revisit that scenario. I’d like to make the man with no heart melt. That’s top of my hit list.”

To read our no-holds-barred Q&A with Morgan, check out the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.


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  • J

    I will be watching !

  • Jan

    Can’t wait for your show, Piers! You are the best and many of us are excited abuot it! Good luck!

  • Katy

    Screw the haters. Piers Morgan is a rare individual, in that he has unlimited amounts of charisma. The guy is unexpected, just what American talk shows need. The brutal honesty is what’s going to get me to tune in.

  • Lesley

    I cannot wait. As part of a new generation of viewers,I am exciting to see this unfold.

  • Shotgun Samurai

    So glad Jeremy Clarkson hit this prick in the face.

  • saleem baig

    you have a class America is missing.
    You will be a hero all over the world

  • carolyn

    I cannot wait for his show. He has a rare charisma and quiet charm. I think the show will be great. Good luck Piers!!

  • Aldo

    This guy is a scumbag. Google him and do a bit research from when he was in charge of the Mirror newspapers in England. Before you make up your mind, open it.

  • Liza

    Piers comes off as incredibly cocky in his commercials and the marketing for his show has been all around horrendous. I hate that we’re supposed to see his show as being controversial when it hasn’t even started yet. We’re being told how interesting and unpredictable it is and we haven’t had a chance to see for ourselves. I think CNN needs to calm down and realize they don’t need to overhype it. They need to just give it a chance to find it’s audience instead of shoving it down our throats. I also don’t like how Piers is forcing provocative questions onto his guests just to get a reaction people will be talking about the next day. He even wants to re live a moment with Simon Cowell to get the same kind of attention. Those moments just happen naturally, like when Larry King or Barbara Walters do interviews, those notable moments happened unexpectedly. They’re not forced and that’s why they are good interviewers. Piers is just playing dressup at an interviewer and he needs to learn not to call his guests “gets”, it’s disrespectful. It’s what he called Oprah, noting she’s one of the “biggest gets” you can have on any talk show. She’s also a human being by the way. I guess Piers needs to be reminded.

  • Chris Taylor

    Piers -since that first appearance of Susan Boyle, I have been with you. Super performance,last night with Oprah, mate! Now go one on one with Amanda!

  • Joyce

    Don’t have Kathy Griffith or whatever her name is, can’t stand her.

  • margaret

    What a blowhard! Brits cannot stand to listen to him, so they bring him to America

  • Jack

    David Frost, he ain’t

  • paulsmithsale

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