Friday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed author Stephen Mansfield for a fascinating and timely primetime interview in advance of Easter Sunday.
Author of the upcoming book "Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Notorious Execution," Mansfield addressed any potential critics who are suggesting his work – which implicates the Jews for Christ's murder – may be anti-semitic in its essence:
"It's not at all anti-semitic," Mansfield insists. "In fact, in making that distinction – between the small group of leaders who were sort of cow-towing to Rome and thus were corrupt and were going after Jesus – making a distinction between them and the average Jew, on the street in Jerusalem, I'm actually dealing with that very issue."
Last night Piers Morgan welcomed Tony Mendez, the real-life hero of the Oscar winning film "Argo."
Having lived the story first hand as an officer, Tony Mendez went on to pen the book "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue in History," on which the Ben Affleck-led project is based. Joining the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host in studio, he described his feelings while waiting to hear the results late Sunday night:
"It was beyond belief," admitted the author of four non-fiction books, who now works full-time as an artist. "It was an emotional reaction, it was amazing. Nothing I ever did in the service was as scary as that moment. But it also had the high as well as the low."
Last night, Piers Morgan welcomed Jimmy Carter for an engaging, and entertaining, face to face interview.
Seated together in San Diego, the former commander in chief offers his unique insight and perspective on the motion picture "Argo," an Oscar-nominated film that's based on actual events occurring during his presidency:
"Let me say first of all, it’s a great drama, and I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film because I think it deserves it," says Carter.
Citing one key discrepancy in the film, the former United States president made this point:
"The other thing that I would say was that 90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian," notes the 88-year-old. "The movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie's very good." Watch more here.
Last night, as new theories develop following the tragic mass killing in Newtown, Conn.,"Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed a pair of journalists reporting on the Adam Lanza story.
In teaming with PBS FRONTLINE to produce the film "Raising Adam Lanza," reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner looked for answers surrounding the unspeakable events in December 2012.
Joining Piers Morgan for a live interview, tonight the pair revealed some of their findings particularly in terms of the relationship and role of his mother Nancy, and the woman known to have brought the firearms used in the shooting into the Lanza home.
"How much responsibility should she have on her shoulders," asked Morgan, allowing that she's unfortunately unable to defend or speak for herself. "Should she have done more, do you think, to get him treatment?"
Mr. Kovner responded:
"For a healthy kid, it's fine. And maybe early in his life, maybe it was okay," he said, referencing the presence of guns in Lanza's life. "As he struggled more, as he struggled to find his place in the world, as his contemporaries went on to college and went on to jobs and he ended up basically sitting home, it starts to get unhealthy perhaps. I think she should have regulated the activity a little bit more."
Last night, as the dramatic Alabama arrival of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship unfolded live on CNN, guest host Donny Deutsch anchored "Piers Morgan Tonight" from the network's New York studio, keeping viewers up to date, while also adding some overall insight and perspective to the situation.
With Erin Burnett reporting live from Mobile, Ala., Deutsch held down the ship in Manhattan, welcoming a trio of guests charged with keeping the nightmare cruise in context.
Being careful not to minimize any of the drama and trauma incurred over the course of the last few days, Pat Kiernan noted that things could have been a whole lot worse:
"Mostly this is uncomfortable for people, that's all it is," said the NY1 morning news anchor. "It's a horrible vacation, it's a nightmare vacation. But they're uncomfortable right now, and they're bored. They're up there on the decks waving to the CNN helicopter."
His first day on the air, new CNN morning show Anchor Chris Cuomo fills in for Piers Morgan to cover the blizzard wreaking havoc all over the Northeast.
On Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers Morgan sat down with former New York city mayor Rudy Giuliani to discuss the Obama administration's policy on drone attacks. Asked by Morgan if there would have been more scrutiny if the same policy was in place during a Republican administration, Giuliani said, "For the life of me I can understand why George Bush got so much heat for waterboarding three people, and President Obama has killed scores of people."
He went on to say "I probably agree with the decision President Obama made so I'm not saying he shouldn't have made those decisions. But I think those decisions would have been scrutinized heavily." He also said "From the point of view of a terrorist, would you rather be waterboarded or killed. If your waterboarded, at least you're alive."
This evening on Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers Morgan sat down with former Fox News contributor Dick Morris to discuss his departure from the network, and his famously inaccurate predictions of the 2012 Presidential Election.
Morris defended his prediction by saying that "the real reason Romney lost was because of the storm... The fact of the matter is that before Hurricane Sandy started, President Obama was trailing Mitt Romney "On his departure from Fox News, Morris said "I was wrong at the top of my lungs. Maybe I'm being made a poster child for that." He added "the divorce isn't final, but I'm seeing other people."
Morris also talked about his hopes for the future of the Republican Party, and that the person he would like to see lead the party is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Piers Morgan Tonight airs weeknights at 9 pm and 12 am ET on CNN.
This evening on Piers Morgan Tonight, Piers sat down with Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, to talk about her memoir Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape. Hill described her childhood in a Scientology camp where she was required to work long hours doing hard labor and rarely allowed to see her parents. Asked by Piers if she thought her uncle was an evil man, Hill said “Yes.”
Piers also asked Hill about what her reaction is to celebrities like Tom Cruise who promote the Church. She said that “either he does know what’s going on and he’s not talking about it, or he is willfully ignorant.” She went on to say that celebrities who endorse an organization like the Church “have a responsibility to know everything about it, and know what they are endorsing.”
A few weeks ago, the former New York City Mayor Ed Koch sat down with Piers Morgan for what’s believed to be his final official interview. Below are two clips from the interview:
Koch on being the mayor of NYC: "On my gravestone, I say I fiercely love the people of the City of New York:"
Ed Koch on New York City: "We are once again the international capital of the world. I honestly, truly believe that:"
Piers Morgan Tonight airs weeknights at 9 pm and 12 am ET on CNN.