Piers Morgan

Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan (/pɪərs/; O'Meara; born 30 March 1965) is an English journalist, writer, television presenter and former talent show judge currently working on the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain.

Morgan began his career in Fleet Street as a writer and editor for several tabloid papers, including The Sun, News of the World, and the Daily Mirror. In 1994, aged 29, he was appointed editor of the News of the World by Rupert Murdoch, which made him the youngest editor of a British national newspaper in more than half a century.[1] On television, he hosted Piers Morgan Live on CNN from 2011 to 2014, replacing Larry King Live in the timeslot following King's retirement.[2][3] He was a judge on America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent.[4] In 2008, Morgan won the seventh season of the US Celebrity Apprentice.[5] In the UK, he has presented Piers Morgan's Life Stories since 2009, and Good Morning Britain since 2015.[6][7] Morgan has written eight books, including four volumes of memoirs.

While working at Daily Mirror, he was in charge during the period that the paper was implicated in the phone hacking scandal. In 2011 Morgan denied having ever hacked a phone or "to my knowledge published any story obtained from the hacking of a phone". In 2012 he was criticised in the findings of the Leveson Inquiry by chair Brian Leveson who stated that comments made in Morgan's testimony about phone hacking were "utterly unpersuasive" and "that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it".[8]

Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan at PaleyFest 2013
Born
Piers Stefan O'Meara

30 March 1965 (age 53)
Newick, Sussex, England
NationalityBritish
EducationChailey School
Priory School, Lewes
Alma materHarlow College
Occupation
  • Television presenter
  • writer
  • journalist
  • talent show judge
  • television personality
Years active1985–present
Employer
Television
Spouse(s)
Marion Shalloe
(m. 1991; div. 2008)

Celia Walden
(m. 2010)
Children4
Parent(s)Vincent Eamonn O'Meara
Gabrielle Georgina Sybille (née Oliver)

Early life

Piers Morgan was born in 1965 in Newick, Sussex, England[9] as Piers Stefan O'Meara, the son of Vincent Eamonn O'Meara, an Irish dentist originally from County Offaly,[9][10] and Gabrielle Georgina Sybille (née Oliver),[11] who raised her son as a Catholic.[11] With regard to his religious views, Morgan still identifies as a Catholic due to his mother's influence, and believes in an afterlife, but does not "go to Confession, probably because it would take me too long".[12] He has a brother, Jeremy, who is two years older.[13]

His father died when Morgan was 11 months old; his mother later married Glynne Pughe-Morgan,[14][15] a Welsh publican later in the meat distribution business, and he took his stepfather's surname.[1] He was at the independent Cumnor House prep school between the ages of seven and 13, then Chailey School, a comprehensive secondary school in Chailey, near Lewes, East Sussex. [13] After nine months at Lloyd's of London, Morgan studied journalism at Harlow College.[1] Morgan joined the Surrey and South London Newspaper Group in 1985,[16] working as a reporter on the South London News, and the Streatham and Tooting News.

Press career

At the Murdoch titles

Morgan began to work as a freelance at The Sun in 1988, at this point dropping his double-barrelled name. He told Hunter Davies in December 1994 that he was personally recruited by Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie to work on the newspaper's show business column "Bizarre", his first high-profile post.[1] Although he was not a fan of pop music, he was considered skilled at self-publicity and became the column's main writer. "I became the Friend of the Stars, a rampant egomaniac, pictured all the time with famous people – Madonna, Stallone, Bowie, Paul McCartney, hundreds of them. It was shameless, as they didn't know me from Adam", he told Davies.[1]

In January 1994, he became editor of the News of the World after being appointed to the job by Rupert Murdoch. Initially an acting editor, he was confirmed in the summer, becoming at 29 the youngest national newspaper editor in more than half a century.[1] He quickly gained notice for his prying, forthright style and lack of sympathy for celebrities' privacy, claiming that they could not manipulate the media to further their own ends without accepting the consequences of a two-way deal.

Morgan left this post in 1995 shortly after publishing photographs of Catherine Victoria Lockwood, then wife of Charles, Earl Spencer, leaving an addictive disorders clinic in Surrey.[17] This action ran against the editors' code of conduct,[18] a misdemeanour for which the Press Complaints Commission upheld a complaint against Morgan.[18] Murdoch was reported as having said that "the boy went too far"[19] and publicly distanced himself from the story.[20] Fearful of a privacy law action if he had not criticised one of his employees, Murdoch is said to have apologised to Morgan in private.[21][22]

The incident was reported to have contributed to Morgan's decision to leave for the Daily Mirror editorship.[23] Morgan's autobiography The Insider states that he left the News of the World for the Mirror of his own choice. It asserts he was an admirer of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher for most of her period of office making the appointment surprising as the Mirror is a Labour supporting title.[13]

Daily Mirror editor

As editor of the Daily Mirror, Morgan was forced to apologise on television for the headline (rendered in upper case) "Achtung Surrender! For You Fritz Ze Euro Championship Is Over" on 25 June 1996, a day before England met Germany in a semi-final of the Euro '96 football championships.[24][25][26][27]

A £16 million package of investment in the title was rolled out from January, including the dropping of "Daily" from the masthead in February,[28] which was later reversed. Roy Greenslade wrote in August 1999 that Morgan's editorship "has made a huge difference: his enormous enthusiasm, determination and focus is a major plus".[29]

Morgan was the subject of an investigation in 2000 after Suzy Jagger wrote an article for The Daily Telegraph revealing that he had bought £20,000 worth of shares in the computer company Viglen soon before the Mirror 's "City Slickers" column tipped Viglen as a good buy.[30] Morgan was found by the Press Complaints Commission to have breached the Code of Conduct on financial journalism, but kept his job. The "City Slickers" columnists, Anil Bhoyrul and James Hipwell, were both found to have committed further breaches of the Code and were sacked before the inquiry concluded.[31] Further enquiry by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2004 cleared Morgan of any charges.[32] On 7 December 2005, Bhoyrul and Hipwell were convicted of conspiracy to breach the Financial Services Act. During the trial it emerged that Morgan had bought £67,000 worth of Viglen shares, emptying his bank account and investing under his (first) wife's name, too.[33]

The Mirror attempted to move mid-market in 2002, eschewing the more trivial stories of show-business and gossip, but sales declined.[13][34] In the wake of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, Morgan was fired as Editor of the Daily Mirror "with immediate effect" on 14 May 2004, after refusing to apologise to Sly Bailey, then head of Trinity Mirror, for authorising the newspaper's publication of photographs which had been shown to be false.[35] These were alleged to show Iraqi prisoners being abused by British Army soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.[36] When, within days the photographs were shown to be crude fakes, under the headline "SORRY..WE WERE HOAXED", the Mirror responded that it had fallen victim to a "calculated and malicious hoax" and apologised for the publication of the photographs.[37][38] However, Morgan has refused to admit that the photographs were faked, and has stated that the abuse shown in the photographs is similar to the sort of abuse which was happening in the British Army in Iraq at the time.[39]

Post-Mirror press career

In partnership with Matthew Freud, he gained ownership in May 2005, of Press Gazette, a media trade publication together with its "cash cow", the British Press Awards, in a deal worth £1 million.[40][41] This ownership was cited as one of the reasons many major newspapers boycotted the 2006 awards.[42] Press Gazette entered administrative receivership toward the end of 2006,[43] before being sold to a trade buyer.

First News was launched by Morgan on 4 May 2006. A weekly paper aimed at seven to 14-year-olds, he claimed at its launch that the paper was to be "Britain's first national newspaper for children".[44][45] Morgan was editorial director at First News, responsible for bringing in celebrity involvement. He referred to the role as "editorial overlord and frontman".[46]

Morgan was filmed falling off a Segway, breaking three ribs, in 2007. Simon Cowell and others made much of Morgan's previous comment in 2003, in a Mirror headline after former U.S. President George W. Bush fell off a Segway: "You'd have to be an idiot to fall off wouldn't you, Mr President".[47][48][49]

In 2012, following the revelation of Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse against children, Morgan claimed to have "never met" Savile in his lifetime; however, it was pointed out that in a 2009 piece by Morgan in The Mail on Sunday's Night & Day magazine claiming that "As I left, Jimmy Savile came up to me. 'Your TV shows are BRILLIANT!. he exclaimed. ... I've always loved Jimmy Savile."[50]

He became the editor-at-large of the Mail Online website's US operation in September 2014 and Morgan writes several columns a week.[51] He also writes a weekly diary for the Mail on Sunday Event magazine, having also written one for its predecessor Live.

Television career

Morgan's career expanded into television presenting before he left the Daily Mirror. He presented a three-part television documentary series for the BBC titled The Importance of Being Famous (2003), about fame and the manner in which celebrities are covered by modern media. At the annual Pride of Britain Awards broadcast on ITV, Morgan chaired a panel of prominent people who had chosen the recipients of the awards from 1999 to 2006.[52]

He co-hosted a current affairs interview show on Channel 4 with Amanda Platell, Morgan and Platell. Morgan and Platell were put together because of their opposing political viewpoints; Platell interrogated guests from the right wing, Morgan from the left wing.[53] The show was dropped after three series reputedly because of poor viewing figures, although the chairman of Channel 4 Luke Johnson was reported not to like the programme.[54]

Throughout 2006, Morgan appeared as a judge on the television show America's Got Talent alongside Brandy Norwood and David Hasselhoff on NBC. Morgan was chosen by Simon Cowell as a replacement for himself because of the conditions of his American Idol contract. Morgan appeared as a celebrity contestant on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice in 2007, to raise money for the BBC charity telethon Comic Relief. After his team lost, Morgan was selected by Sir Alan Sugar as the contestant to be fired.[55]

Also in 2007, Morgan appeared as a judge for the second season of America's Got Talent and also appeared as a judge on Britain's Got Talent on ITV, alongside Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell. He also presented You Can't Fire Me, I'm Famous on BBC One. He fronted a three-part documentary about Sandbanks for ITV entitled Piers Morgan on Sandbanks in January 2008.[56]

In 2008, Morgan signed a two-year "golden handcuffs" deal with ITV in May, reportedly worth £2 million per year. As part of the deal, he would continue as a judge on Britain's Got Talent for at least two more series and front a new chat show. He also made some interview specials, plus three more documentaries from various countries. Morgan's golden handcuffs deal was the first signing by ITV's new director of television, Peter Fincham.[57] On 8 September, Morgan featured in The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan, produced by BBC Scotland.

In February 2009, he began a three-part series, Piers Morgan On..., which saw him visit Dubai, Monte Carlo and Hollywood.[58] The programme returned for a second series in 2010 when Morgan visited Las Vegas in one episode.[59]

Also in 2009, his began hosting Piers Morgan's Life Stories on ITV, with Sharon Osbourne as the subject of the first episode.[60] Other guests on the programme included Cheryl[61] and the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[62]

On 8 September 2010, CNN anounced that Morgan would replace Larry King in the network's evening line-up with his show, Piers Morgan Live, beginning on 17 January 2011.[63][64] After poor ratings, CNN announced that the show was to be axed.[65] It was cancelled in February 2014 and ended its run in March 2014.[66] Commenting on the viewing figures, Morgan said that he was "a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it."[67]

From 13 April to 17 April 2015, Morgan guest-hosted five episodes of Good Morning Britain on ITV and became a permanent co-host in November 2015, appearing alongside Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins.[68] "You can't help but go into battle with him every morning", Reid has said of her colleague with whom she has clashed.[69]

From 2016 to 2017, Morgan interviewed female murderers on the TV series Killer Women with Piers Morgan.[70][71] He also presented Serial Killer with Piers Morgan, as part of the 2017 Crime & Punishment season on ITV. In October 2018, Morgan appeared as a cameo on Hollyoaks.[72]

Donald Trump

Morgan was the winner of the U.S. celebrity version of The Apprentice, in 2008. He was eventually the overall winner, being named Celebrity Apprentice by host Donald Trump on 27 March, ahead of fellow finalist, American country music star Trace Adkins,[73][74] and having raised substantially more cash than all the other contestants combined.[75] Morgan was called "ruthless, arrogant, evil and obnoxious" by Trump in the final.[76]

Morgan was a supporter of Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election. He predicted Trump's election as President of the United States and has described himself as a close personal friend of Trump.[77] Morgan interviewed Donald Trump on Good Morning Britain in March 2016.[78]

Morgan appeared on ITV's Loose Women panel show in late January 2017, and was challenged to repudiate Donald Trump.[79] He refused to do so, despite stating that he disagreed with him on many issues relating to gun control, climate change, abortion and the 'Muslim travel ban', saying that he found the principle of the ban understandable, but disagreed with "the way [Trump] has gone about it".[79]

Nearly a fortnight later, on the American talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, Morgan said "There is no Muslim ban", as "85% of the world's Muslims are allowed in the country". Another participant in the discussion, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, immediately told him to "fuck off", adding in part "Hitler didn't kill the Jews on the first day, he worked up to it".[80] After the novelist J. K. Rowling tweeted "Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to fuck off on live TV is *exactly* as satisfying as I'd always imagined", the two began an exchange of words on the social media site.[81][82]

Morgan criticised Trump after Trump retweeted Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of the small right-wing party Britain First in late November 2017. He tweeted to Trump: "What the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists? Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets".[83]

In January 2018, Morgan presented President Trump – The Piers Morgan Interview for ITV,[84][85] which many thought of as "sycophantic" and a "love-in" for Trump.[86] 88% of respondents to a Radio Times Twitter poll viewed Morgan as being not "tough enough" on Trump.[86] Morgan interviewed Trump again in July 2018 during his official visit to the UK, this time on Air Force One during an internal flight, in a TV special entitled Piers, The President And Air Force One.[87]

In December 2018, Morgan wrote a letter to Trump formally applying to become White House Chief of Staff.[88]

Feuds

Ian Hislop

Morgan appeared as a guest on the satirical news quiz Have I Got News for You in an episode transmitted on 24 May 1996.[89] In it, show regular Ian Hislop accused Morgan of having him followed and having his house watched. The conflict escalated and at one point the host, Angus Deayton, asked if they wished to go outside and have a fight. Later on, guest panellist Clive Anderson confronted Morgan commenting, "the last time I was rude to you, you sent photographers to my doorstep the next day", to which Piers Morgan retorted, "You won't see them this time." The audience responded loudly in favour of Hislop.[90] "We're about to start exposing the moon-faced midget", Morgan was quoted as saying in 2002, to which Hislop responded, "all he's been offering for information about my private life is a £50 reward. My friends think that's not nearly enough."[23]

In 2007, Hislop chose Morgan as one of his pet hates on Room 101.[91][92] In doing so, Hislop spoke of the history of animosity between himself and Morgan and revealed that after their exchange on Have I Got News For You (which was shown as a clip), Morgan's reporters were tasked with trying to get gossip on Hislop's private life (including phoning acquaintances of Hislop), and photographers were sent in case Hislop did anything untoward or embarrassing while in their presence. Neither the reporters nor the photographers succeeded. Hislop also revealed that Morgan had attempted to quell the feud in an article in The Mail on Sunday, saying, "The war is over. I'm officially calling an end to hostilities, at least from my end. I'm sure it won't stop him carrying on his 'Piers Moron' stuff"[93] (Private Eye, the fortnightly satirical magazine which Hislop edits, regularly calls Morgan 'Piers Moron')[94][95][96] Hislop, who was working on a World War I documentary at the time, responded by asking "Is that an armistice or an unconditional surrender?" Although Paul Merton – host of Room 101 at the time and regular team captain alongside Hislop at Have I Got News For You – agreed to put Morgan into Room 101, he then comically rejected Morgan as being "too toxic" for Room 101.[91][97][98]

Others

In October 2003, journalist and television personality Jeremy Clarkson reportedly emptied a glass of water over Morgan during the last flight of Concorde for some photographs published in the Mirror.[99] In March 2004, at the British Press Awards, Clarkson punched Morgan three times during another argument.[99] Morgan reported on a rapprochement with Clarkson in the epilogue of his book, Don't You Know Who I Am?

On 4 February 2014, transgender advocate Janet Mock appeared as a guest on Piers Morgan Live to discuss her memoir, Redefining Realness. After the interview aired, Mock sent a series of tweets criticising Morgan for describing Mock as being "formerly a man". Morgan responded that he had "never been treated in such a disgraceful manner" by a guest. On 5 February, Mock appeared as a guest again to debate the dispute.[100]

Morgan strongly objected to the Women's March on Washington on 21 January 2017, the day after Trump's inauguration, describing protesters as "rabid feminists" and the multiple protests as being "vacuous".[101] The actor Ewan McGregor disagreed with Morgan's statements on the women's march and pulled out of appearing on Good Morning Britain the following Tuesday after discovering Morgan would be interviewing him, along with Reid.[102] Morgan accused McGregor of being a "paedophile-loving hypocrite" for his past support of Roman Polanski.[103]

Banned guests

In May 2011, Morgan banned actor Hugh Grant from his shows on CNN and ITV after Grant denigrated the tabloid press. On Twitter he responded: "Hugh Grant is now banned, in perpetuity, from @PiersTonight and Life Stories and anything else I ever do. Tedious little man."[104]

On 28 March 2012, MTV referred to the bad relations between Piers Morgan and Madonna, reporting that "Morgan has apparently felt slighted over the years by Madonna...he claims he was lied to by the singer's publicist".[105]

In September 2012, it was reported that Morgan had also banned actor Kelsey Grammer. Morgan himself claimed, "Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex-wife Camille in the open of our show and legged it."[106] TVGuide reported, "All plans were still a go for the segment until Grammer actually got in the hot seat and saw the footage the producers had planned to peg to the segment, including a picture of his ex-wife".[107] On 26 September 2012, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported that "many say [it] was an ambush by Piers".[108] The Huffington Post reported that "before the interview was scheduled, it was made clear that Grammer would answer all questions, including those about [his ex-wife]. His sole request was not to show any images of her."[109]

Phone hacking allegations

During Morgan's tenure as editor, the Daily Mirror was advised by Steven Nott that voicemail interception was possible by means of a standard PIN code. Despite staff initially expressing enthusiasm for the story it did not appear in the paper, although it did subsequently feature in a South Wales Argus article and on BBC Radio 5 Live in October 1999. On 18 July 2011 Nott was visited by officers of Operation Weeting.[110]

He came under criticism for his "boasting" about phone hacking from Conservative MP Louise Mensch, who has since apologised for these accusations.[111]

In July 2011, in a sequence of articles, political blogger Paul Staines alleged that while editor of the Daily Mirror in 2002 Morgan published a story concerning the affair of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Ulrika Jonsson while knowing it to have been obtained by phone hacking.[112]

On 20 December 2011, Morgan was a witness by satellite link from the United States at the Leveson Inquiry.[113] While he said he had no reason to believe that phone hacking had occurred at the Mirror while he was in charge there, he admitted to hearing a recording of an answerphone message left by Paul McCartney for Heather Mills, but refused to "discuss where that tape was played or who made [it] – it would compromise a source."[113] Appearing as a witness at the same Inquiry on 9 February 2012, Mills was asked under oath if she had ever made a recording of Paul McCartney's phone call or had played it to Piers Morgan; she replied: "Never".[114][115] She said that she had never authorised Morgan, or anybody, to access or listen to her voicemails.[114] Mills told the inquiry that Morgan, "a man that has written nothing but awful things about me for years", would have relished telling the inquiry if she had played a personal voicemail message to him.[115]

On 23 May 2012, Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman was a witness at the Leveson Inquiry. He recalled a lunch with the Mirror editor in September 2002 at which Morgan outlined the means of hacking into a mobile phone.[116]

On 28 November 2012, the Channel 4 documentary Taking on the Tabloids, fronted by actor and phone hacking victim Hugh Grant, showed footage from a 2003 interview with Morgan by the singer and phone hacking victim Charlotte Church, during which he explained to her how to avoid answerphone messages being listened to by journalists. He said: "You can access ... voicemails by typing in a number. Now, are you really telling me that journalists aren’t going to do that?"[117][118]

On 29 November 2012, the official findings of the Leveson Inquiry were released, in which Lord Justice Leveson said that Morgan's testimony under oath on phone hacking was "utterly unpersuasive". He stated: "[The] evidence does not establish that [Morgan] authorised the hacking of voicemails or that journalists employed by TMG [Trinity Mirror Group] were indulging in this practice ... What it does, however, clearly prove is that he was aware that it was taking place in the press as a whole and that he was sufficiently unembarrassed by what was criminal behaviour that he was prepared to joke about it."[8][119]

On 6 December 2013, Morgan was interviewed, under caution, by police officers from Operation Weeting investigating phone hacking allegations at Mirror Group Newspapers during his tenure as editor.[120]

On 24 September 2014, the Trinity Mirror publishing group admitted for the first time that some of its journalists had been involved in phone hacking and agreed to pay compensation to four people who sued for the alleged hacking of voicemails.[121][122] Six other phone-hacking claims had already been settled. The BBC reported that it had seen legal papers showing that although the alleged hacking could have taken place as early as 1998, the bulk of the alleged wrongdoing took place in the early 2000s when Morgan was the Daily Mirror editor.[123] The admissions by Trinity Mirror came whilst the London Metropolitan Police investigation into the phone hacking allegations was ongoing. Morgan has always denied any involvement in the practice.[123]

Personal life

Morgan married Marion Shalloe, a hospital ward sister,[1] in 1991. The couple had three sons, and divorced in 2008.[124] In June 2010, he married his second wife, journalist Celia Walden, daughter of the former Conservative MP George Walden.[125] Morgan announced in mid 2011 that the couple were expecting a child,[126] and on 25 November 2011, Walden gave birth to Elise Morgan, her first child and Morgan's fourth.[127]

Morgan is a fan of Premier League football club Arsenal F.C.[128] He was a consistent critic of former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and called for his sacking on many occasions. Speaking in defence of Wenger in 2015, former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson labelled Morgan an "incredibly pompous individual".[129] When Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey met Morgan on 26 April 2015, Ramsey refused to shake his hand due to the criticism he received from Morgan during the 2012–13 season. Morgan has responded by calling Ramsey 'whatshisname'.[130]

Politically, Morgan identified as a supporter of the Conservative Party in a 1994 interview.[1]

Bibliography

  • Morgan, Piers; John Sachs (1991). Secret Lives. Blake. ISBN 0-905846-95-8.
  • Morgan, Piers; John Sachs (1991). Private Lives of the Stars. Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-16941-1.
  • Morgan, Piers (1992). To Dream a Dream: Amazing Life of Phillip Schofield. Blake. ISBN 1-85782-006-1.
  • Morgan, Piers (1993). "Take That": Our Story. Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-839-6.
  • Morgan, Piers (1994). "Take That": On the Road. Boxtree. ISBN 1-85283-396-3.
  • Morgan, Piers (2004). Va Va Voom!: A Year with Arsenal 2003–04. Methuen. ISBN 0-413-77451-1.
  • Morgan, Piers (2005). The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade. Ebury Press. ISBN 0-09-190849-3.
  • Morgan, Piers (2007). Don't You Know Who I am?. Ebury Press.
  • Morgan, Piers (2009). God Bless America: Misadventures of a Big Mouth Brit. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-191393-9.
  • Morgan, Piers (2013). Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-4767-4505-3.

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America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent (often abbreviated as AGT) is a televised American talent show competition, broadcast on the NBC television network. It is part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell, and is produced by Fremantle USA and SYCOtv, with distribution done by Fremantle. Since its premiere in June 2006, each season is run during the network's summer schedule, with the show having featured various hosts - it is currently hosted by Tyra Banks, since 2017. It is the first global edition of the franchise, after plans for a British edition in 2005 were suspended, following a dispute between Paul O'Grady, the planned host, and the British broadcaster ITV; production of this edition later resumed in 2007.The show attracts a variety of participants, from across the United States and abroad, to take part and who possess some form of talents, with acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts, variety, and other genres. Each participant who auditions attempts to secure a place in the live episodes of a season by impressing a panel of judges - the current line-up consists of Cowell, Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum. Those that make it into the live episodes compete against each other for both the judges' and public's vote in order to reach the live final, where the winner receives a large cash prize, paid over a period of time, and, since the third season, a chance to headline a show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Since its premiere, America's Got Talent has helped to unearth new talent and kickstart/boost the careers of various performers who took part in the competition, while the show itself has been a rating success for NBC, drawing in on average around 10 million viewers per season. In 2013, a book was entitled Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent, was released, providing a description of the seasons, contestants, judges, and production techniques of the show, along with detailed interviews with contestants from all seasons, up to the date of the book's of publication. The show finished airing its thirteenth season, which ran from May 29 to September 19, 2018. On January 7, 2019, a spin-off competition, America's Got Talent: The Champions premiered on NBC, which features notable contestants from U.S. and international versions of the franchise.

America's Got Talent (season 6)

Season six of America's Got Talent, a reality television series, premiered on May 31, 2011, on NBC. The show was hosted by Nick Cannon, while Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel returned as judges. On September 14, 2011, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. was announced as the winner of season six. This season was the last with Morgan as a judge, as he did not return for season 7, where Howard Stern replaced him.

Anderson Cooper 360°

Anderson Cooper 360° (commonly shortened to either AC-360 or 360) is an American television news show hosted by the American journalist Anderson Cooper on CNN and broadcast around the world by CNN International. Between the final edition of Piers Morgan Live in the 9 p.m. time slot on March 28, 2014, and the launch of Cuomo Prime Time at 9 p.m. on June 4, 2018, Anderson Cooper 360° occupied the 8 p.m. — 10 p.m. slot.

360° is mainly broadcast live from CNN's Time Warner Center studios in New York City, but is sometimes broadcast from CNN's studios in Washington, D.C. or on location from the site of a breaking news event, airing Monday through Friday evenings.

Britain's Got Talent (series 4)

Series Four of Britain's Got Talent, a British talent competition series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2010, from 17 April to 5 June on ITV; due to live coverage of the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final on 22 May, the sixth audition episode of the series was pushed back a day to avoid clashing with it. As Simon Cowell became ill while overseeing the judges' auditions, Louis Walsh stepped in as a guest judge in his place until he recovered, while it was the last series to feature Piers Morgan as a judge, before he would move to the United States to focus on hosting his new programme in the United States, Piers Morgan Tonight.The fourth series was won by gymnastic troupe Spelbound, with dance duo Twist and Pulse finishing in second place and drummer Kieran Gaffney in third place. During its broadcast, the series averaged around 11 million viewers, while the live episodes of this series were the first to be broadcast in high definition; both the audition episodes and its sister show, Britain's Got More Talent, remained in standard definition until the following year.

Good Morning Britain (2014 TV programme)

Good Morning, Britain (often abbreviated to GMB) is a breakfast programme on British television network ITV Breakfast, usually broadcast on weekdays from 6.00 am to 8.30 am on ITV. The show launched on 28 April 2014 after Daybreak was cancelled. As of autumn 2017, Good Morning, Britain has around 700,000 viewers daily (with an audience share of 20% and a peak of 1 million viewers).

The show's presenter line-up varies. The main anchors are Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard, Kate Garraway, Charlotte Hawkins and Sean Fletcher, while Laura Tobin and Alex Beresford present the weather and Richard Arnold presents entertainment news.

James Hipwell

James Hipwell is a former Daily Mirror journalist, writer, organ donation campaigner and whistleblower who was investigated over the so-called 'City Slickers' share tipping scandal along with the paper's then editor, Piers Morgan, and several other members of The Daily's Mirror's newsroom.

Janet Mock

Janet Mock (born March 10, 1983) is an American writer, television host, director, producer and transgender rights activist. Her debut book, the memoir Redefining Realness, became a New York Times bestseller. She is a contributing editor for Marie Claire and a former staff editor of People magazine's website.

Larry King Live

Larry King Live is an American talk show that was hosted by Larry King on CNN from 1985 to 2010. It was CNN's most watched and longest-running program, with over one million viewers nightly.Mainly aired from CNN's Los Angeles studios, the show was sometimes broadcast from CNN's studios in New York or Washington, D.C., where King gained national prominence during his years as a radio interviewer for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Every night, King interviewed one or more prominent individuals, usually celebrities, politicians and businesspeople.

The one-hour show was broadcast three times a day in some areas, and was seen all over the world on CNN International.

On June 29, 2010, King announced that the program would be coming to an end. The "final edition" of the program aired on December 16, but a new episode on the war against cancer aired two days later on December 18.Larry King Live was replaced by Piers Morgan Tonight, a talk show hosted by the British television personality and journalist Piers Morgan, that began airing January 17, 2011. It was renamed Piers Morgan Live in 2013, and ran its last episode on March 28, 2014 after being cancelled.

Leonid the Magnificent

Leonid the Magnificent (born Leonid Filatov) is a Russian performance artist born in 1973 in Siberia who now lives in Brooklyn, New York City. Leonid has been performing on stage since the age of 12. He finished Russian Circus School and University of Art and Culture to become an artist and a show creator. While in Russia, Leonid Filatov gained recognition by the Cultural Committee of the Government of Moscow as an acclaimed artiste of the State Central Concert Hall "Rossiya" - the most prestigious in the nation. Since coming to the USA he has performed in many cities across America including Miami, Las Vegas, New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

His repertoire includes classical, modern or exotic dances, highly skilled circus acrobatics, musicals, comedy and drama. He performs solo or with his troupe, the Leo-Leopatra show. His style is highly versatile depending on the venue and occasion, ranging from serious and classical to raucous and edgy.

Leonid became known nationwide after his appearances on the first season of America's Got Talent in 2006. He was selected to go to the semi-finals. David Hasselhoff, a judge on the show, picked him to go on the wild card episode. His appearances on this show gained him a cult following and internet videoclips of these performances have been viewed by thousands of fans from around the world.

He reappeared in the final audition round of Season 2, and got in, although this time Hasselhoff's support for him had vanished as he threatened to leave the show and walked off temporarily after the other two judges, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, voted Leonid through. On June 26, 2007, when this episode was broadcast on national TV, the search terms "Leonid The Magnificent" rose to nationwide No. 13 on Google Trends.Leonid has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 19, 2005, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! in August 2006. On April 22, 2006, he was given the PREMIO ARTE Award as Extravagant Artist of the 2005 Year, in New Jersey. On March 28, 2007, he appeared on Greece national TV as a special guest star on Greece’s Got Talent in Athens, Greece. Most recently, Leonid re-auditioned for America's Got Talent in the 2011 New York auditions by singing and doing a quick-change magic act. He received a "Yes" vote from Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne, but Piers Morgan voted "No". He described Leonid as a "like a yo-yo that keeps coming back the harder [he] tried to throw him out".

He performed as a stand by during Vegas Week, but was eliminated and sent home by the judges, resulting Lenonid to swear at Piers for the outcome.

Leonid auditioned in several other countries's Got Talent versions as well such as Russian, French and Czechoslovak. In his home country's version he wasn't received as greatly as he was in the rest of the world as in later years he ended up passing the auditions round in La France a un Incroyable Talent season 10 and the Česko Slovensko má talent season 6 respectively.

List of Good Morning Britain presenters

This is a list of the on-air team members for the ITV Breakfast programme Good Morning Britain which began broadcasting in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2014.

On 3 March 2014 it was announced that Sean Fletcher, Charlotte Hawkins, Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard would become the presenters. Piers Morgan joined in 2015.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories

Piers Morgan's Life Stories (also known as Life Stories) is a British television chat show on ITV, presented by journalist Piers Morgan. Recorded in front of a studio audience, each episode is devoted to one celebrity guest. Episodes are filmed at The London Studios, although episodes were previously made at Teddington Studios and BBC Television Centre between one and two weeks before they were broadcast on television.

Piers Morgan Live

Piers Morgan Live (formerly known as Piers Morgan Tonight) is a talk show that was hosted by Piers Morgan and broadcast on CNN. The show premiered on January 17, 2011, and filled the former Larry King Live timeslot. It was announced as cancelled on February 23, 2014, after a continuous drop in ratings, and broadcast its last episode on March 28, 2014.The theme music was written by Anthony James, composer and CEO of British company Music Candy, and his writing partner Yiorgos Bellapaisiotis, Music Candy's Director. Piers Morgan Live was broadcast primarily from CNN's studios at the Time Warner Center in New York City.

Piers Morgan On...

Piers Morgan On... is a British television travelogue programme presented by journalist Piers Morgan, broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. In the series he visited Dubai, Monte Carlo, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Marbella and Shanghai.

President Trump – The Piers Morgan Interview

President Trump – The Piers Morgan Interview is a one-off television programme that aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2018. The programme sees journalist and television personality Piers Morgan interviewing Donald Trump, the 45th and current President of the United States. The interview was recorded while Trump was attending the 2018 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which took place between 22 January and 25 January 2018.During the programme, which was watched by 3 million people at 10:00pm (fewer than the number of viewers watching the rival BBC News at Ten), Trump tells Morgan that he "wouldn't call himself" a feminist, and would have taken a "tougher" approach to Brexit than that of British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Susanna Reid

Susanna Victoria Reid (born 10 December 1970) is an English journalist and presenter best known as a co-presenter of BBC Breakfast from 2003 until 2014, along with Bill Turnbull and Charlie Stayt and being co-anchor of Good Morning Britain since 2014, alongside Piers Morgan and Ben Shephard.

She has also hosted, Sunday Morning Live on BBC and Save Money: Good Food on ITV.

The Apprentice (U.S. season 7)

The Celebrity Apprentice (also known as The Apprentice 7) is the seventh installment of the reality game show, Celebrity Apprentice. This season features celebrity candidates vying for the title of Donald Trump's, "Best Business Brain," as a way to revitalize the series, with the winner donating their proceeds to charity. The series was designed after Comic Relief Does The Apprentice, a charity special of the British Apprentice series. This installment marks the series' return to New York after spending the previous season in Los Angeles and features abstract paintings by Seattle-based artist Maeve Harris. The series premiered on NBC on January 3, 2008 at 9:00PM.

This is the first season where the candidates did not reside in a communal penthouse of Trump Tower which was more as a meeting vicinity and also the boardroom. The celebrities lived in Trump International Hotel and Tower. There are also no traditionally given rewards to the winning team apart from the winning project manager receiving an amount of $20,000 along with available proceeds from the tasks to be donated to his or her favorite charity. Nevertheless, the firing rule remained. America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan was the winner, beating country music singer Trace Adkins in the finals. Morgan was the only celebrity fired during the original British celebrity edition of the show.

The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan

The Dark Side of Fame with Piers Morgan is a BBC television series presented by Piers Morgan exploring the downside of fame. The show follows an interview format in which each episode is devoted to one particular celebrity figure who has seen the "dark side of fame". Morgan, a former tabloid editor, questions the guest on these experiences. The show is similar in nature to another show Morgan previously presented on the BBC You can't fire me, I'm famous!.

The Lia Show

The Lia Show, formerly known as Neon Nights, is a nationally syndicated country music and entertainment radio program hosted by Lia Knight (born in Kentucky). The program airs nightly from 7 pm to midnight locally across the United States. Based out of Seattle, Washington, The Lia Show is a very artist-driven program with loads of interviews from the top names in the country music industry and many from the film and television industries. The show contributes a measure of its success to its caller hotlines. Putting on caller-intensive shows allowed for it to become more emotional and real.The Lia Show continues to grow. Whereas in its infancy, it focused primarily on country music, the show has branched out considerably and has featured several high-profile celebrity guests, such as Jenny McCarthy, Bill Engvall, UFC fighters Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Matt Hughes, Piers Morgan, Larry the Cable Guy, Chelsea Handler, Jorge Cruz, and many more.

A self-described worrywart, Knight didn't set out for a career in radio. "I went to college to be a poet" she says. Lia has won a number of awards over the years, most recently being Best Broadcasting Personality presented at the Country Music Awards in 2008. Locally she has also been recognized for her community service with a Service Above Self Award in 2002.

The program is syndicated by Westwood One.

You and I (We Can Conquer the World)

"You and I (We Can Conquer the World)" is a song written and sung by Stevie Wonder from his 1972 album Talking Book. Wonder is also credited for playing piano and T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer on the song.

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