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Overview (4)

Born in Newick, East Sussex, England, UK
Birth NamePiers Stefan O'Meara
Nickname Piers Moron
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Piers Morgan was born on March 30, 1965 in Newick, East Sussex, England as Piers Stefan O'Meara. He has been married to Celia Walden since June 24, 2010. They have one child. He was previously married to Marion Shalloe.

Spouse (2)

Celia Walden (24 June 2010 - present) ( 1 child)
Marion Shalloe (1991 - 2008) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (17)

He was the editor of the British tabloid newspaper The Mirror (formerly The Daily Mirror) from 1995 until 2004, when he was sacked over the Mirror publishing faked photographs of alleged Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers.
Was sacked as editor of the Mirror on 14 May 2004 over the Mirror publishing faked photographs of alleged Iraqi prisoners being abused by British soldiers.
He won The Apprentice (2004) (Celebrity Apprentice) in 2008.
He has three children. Their names are Spencer July '93, Stanley June '97 and Albert "Bertie" Dec. '00.
He landed Oprah Winfrey as his very first celebrity guest on Piers Morgan Tonight (2011) (Jan. 17, 2011) after his persistent emails to Oprah's best friend Gayle King finally paid off.
He is the father, with Celia Walden, of daughter Elise, born in November 2011 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He claimed Susan Boyle's first televised performance of I Dreamed a Dream was the greatest performance in the history of Britain's Got Talent (2009).
In January 2011, he succeeded Larry King on Larry King Live (1985) as CNN's new interviewer. His first scheduled guest January 17th was Oprah Winfrey.
He is a close friend of convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson and controversial American president Donald Trump, although he has stated that he doesn't agree with some of Trump's policies, such as on gun control and climate change.
He was the editor-at-large, "MailOnline.com [2014].
He is of Irish, Scottish, English, and 1/32 Portuguese, ancestry.
As editor of the "Daily Mirror", he instigated a campaign against Ian Hislop, the editor of "Private Eye" and one of his most vociferous and public critics. Starting in 2002, this campaign took many months and managed to come up with nothing of a defamatory nature against Hislop whatsoever. Hislop, in turn, took great delight in ridiculing all Morgan's efforts both on TV and in print, revealing, for example, that one of Morgan's reporters had interviewed the Anglican vicar in his village and asked him to reveal any dirty secrets Hislop had admitted to "during Confession" - which is, of course, a rite of the Roman Catholic Church, not the Anglican one, and which is, in any case, secret. The worst Morgan could come up with was a photograph of Hislop with a rough beard - although, as the photo also revealed Hislop's right arm to be in a sling, it was easy to understand why he had been unable to shave properly. After more than a year, Morgan was forced to stop his inquiries, and he was sacked as "Mirror" editor soon afterwards.
Introduced Heather Mills to husband-to-be Paul McCartney at a charity event in 1999.
When a DNA profile was compiled for Morgan on his UK TV show Good Morning Britain (2014), it was revealed that he is 91% Irish/Scottish/Welsh, 6.5% Eastern European, 1.6% West Asian and 0.8% Middle Eastern. [October 2017]
On 24 August 1981, he attended the Greenbelt Arts And Music Festival, where he saw a then little-known Irish band called U2 perform.
His hero is the British aristocrat, imperialist, and former Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
There is some confusion as to his real name. As late as June of 2019, he has claimed that his real name is Piers Pughe-Morgan.

Personal Quotes (44)

[on the height of Hollywood actors] Most of the men that sue in Hollywood are all about 5' 2". They wake up every day, know they're tiny and feel very angry about it, so they go out and sue people.
[speaking in 2005 about the British Education Secretary] Why do we want someone like Ruth Kelly controlling our children? She's the scariest woman I've ever seen in politics.
Big Brother (2000) is about celebrating the talentless... Britain's Got Talent (2007) is 100 per cent about celebrating talent.
Journalism is no longer just about the print medium and in 25 years' time newspapers will have died out. You're left with a new form of journalism which will be conducted through the prism of iPads and everything else. It will always be about content - journalists will always have work, just in a different format.
I miss the adrenalin of working in a newsroom when there's a massive breaking news story such as the Arizona shootings. Now I have this show I will still be involved with news stories like that. I've come full circle.
[on banning Heather Mills from Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)] I'm guilt-ridden about introducing her to Paul McCartney. It was a moment of Cupid madness which cost Sir Paul $50 million, so the least I can do is ban her from the show.
[on his failed attempt to host an American talk show] Larry King is an iconic figure in the world of television interviewing. To take over from him is a huge honour. There is a natural reluctance to give it to a foreigner but I'd established myself on America's Got Talent (2006) and Celebrity Apprentice so I'm not an unknown quantity. I hope they'll see it's a fresh and new style for US TV. I'll be a bit cheekier than they're used to but not in a way that will alienate guests. I was quite mischievous with Condoleezza Rice and she loved it so much she booked herself to appear again on the show. You can have a bit of fun with US celebrities because of the British accent, which they find charming.
There is a certain advantage to the British accent. I do notice that Americans love it; they think the we Brits are smarter than perhaps we are. So I'm relying on that, definitely.
[on Susan Boyle losing Britain's Got Talent (2007) in 2009] It might be a blessing in disguise that she didn't win.
[on Susan Boyle] She's gone from anonymity to being the most downloaded woman in history.
[after hearing Susan Boyle's performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" on Britain's Got Talent (2007)] The biggest surprise I've had in three years of doing this show.
[after hearing Susan Boyle's audition on Britain's Got Talent (2007)] I had never heard a more surprising, extraordinary voice come from someone so unexpected.
When the world was going through a pretty tough time and we were looking for a bit of inspiration, along came Susan Boyle. On behalf of the whole world - thank you Susan.
Susan Boyle has never experienced anything like this and is like a frightened rabbit in headlights. She is beginning to realize her life will never be the same. But I feel very, very sorry for her.
Susan Boyle has come as the antidote to the recession. In one little old lady from Scotland we have the cure to all financial ills.
If I do get deported from America for wanting fewer gun murders, are there any other countries that will have me?
Let me know your views, good, bad and ugly. I've had it all.
I want to interview the most important people in the world and have everyone in America the next day going, 'Did you see that?'
[on his friendship with convicted phone hacker Andy Coulson] At the toughest moment of a close friend's life, the correct response should be to simply turn my back on him and airbrush 25 years of shared fun, adventure, grief, career highs and lows, weddings and children? How absurd.
[on his criminal friend Andy Coulson] Having also experienced a few professional and personal crises, I've come to realise that the only true friends that you have in life are the 4am crowd. I don't mean the ones you get drunk with until 4am. I mean the ones you could call from anywhere in the world at 4am if you were in big trouble and know with absolute certainty that he or she would instantly jump out of bed and do whatever they could to help you. You won't have many that would do that. But the ones you do have will be the people who are your true friends. Andy's one of those for me, and vice versa.
[on the Australian convicted sex offender and former entertainer Rolf Harris] I interviewed Rolf Harris for my Life Stories show in 2011, and while never suspecting for a moment that he was a paedophile, there were odd clues to his darker side. Describing his self-confessed neglect of wife Alwen and daughter Bindi during periods of supposedly work-related depression, Harris welled up and told me: 'I remember my family saying they didn't know who I was. They said I was a total stranger. They had never seen me like this before. They had to walk around on tenterhooks. It was such a black period. It was like my life was over.' When I asked if he regretted his behaviour, he replied: 'Guilty on all counts, your honour.' As indeed he was.
I get more excited about being around cricket legends than I ever do around Hollywood stars.
Bowie (David Bowie) and Lennon (John Lennon) were to me the greatest British rock stars of them all; a pair of uncompromising, ferociously charismatic and singularly individual characters who didn't give a damn what people thought of them.
[on Ken Livingstone] Corbyn [Jeremy Corbyn] should have thrown him out of the party. There should be a red line. You launch any kind of statement that even feigns at being a defense of Adolf Hitler's policies in any way, you're out! Surely?
I hate smoking but hate nanny state mania more.
[Pamela Anderson: The sexual revolution gave us a lot of really bad sex.] I've never had bad sex. I wouldn't know.
[after some viewers questioned if he had had "work done"] It's clean living. It's just doing things the right way. No it's just basically a load of cheese and red wine. You see it's all genetic. I don't smoke, which I think is crucial. But if your mum, your grandma have a lack of lines. You're in business.
[Taylor Swift on Twitter] She was the one celebrity that didn't give political opinions, and now this! What do they know about it anyway? Why doesn't she go back to [heavy disdain] singing songs and making money?
[Talent Show, Exotic Dancer] You're my kind of woman.
[To Peter Hitchens] You're the new Victor Meldrew, aren't you?
I take no pride in being Mystic Morgan about all this.
Why don't you all grow a pair?
They look at Theresa May and know she is a Dead Woman Walking, as Prime Minister.
[on This Time with Alan Partridge (2019)] I used to love Alan Partridge. It used to be hilarious, hilarious, brilliant. It is now utterly unwatchable because Coogan [Steve Coogan] has disappeared up his derriere.
As a teenager, I thought John Cleese was a comic genius. I could recite his Monty Python 'Cheese Sketch' verbatim [Daily Mirror veterans will wearily confirm this talent continued into my adult, editing years...] and Basil Fawlty remains the single funniest character ever created on British television. But Cleese has sadly morphed in recent years into the worst type of whining pub bore. Not quite at Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan levels of hideously sanctimonious tedium, but challenging hard. If he's not trashing his ex-wives, he's moaning incessantly about tabloid journalists - most of whom long since stopped caring what he does.
So John Cleese is quitting Britain because of our newspapers? Fantastic! If ever there was a glorious advert for why our press is the best in the world then it's the fact we've managed to drive this whining old twerp out of the country. Need a ride to the airport, Johnny boy?
[on Boris Johnson] Come on Boris, you big bottle job, just come and do some interviews. What are you scared of? Seriously, if you can't be interviewed by us, why should we think you could run the country?
There aren't many places in the world where socialism's ever worked, right, let's be quite clear.
[on the England world cup-winning cricket team in 2019] You had players born in New Zealand, Ben Stokes, you had Archer, born in Barbados, you had two guys coming from South Africa, all coming together to play for England to become England world champions. And if that doesn't say more about our diverse country then nothing does. And with all the disunity over Brexit splitting this country in two, all the tribalism, the sort of subliminal racism that's been around as well, isn't it brilliant to see a team like this England team, so diverse, culturally, religiously, in any way you could choose, coming together to become world champions, to make us all proud of this country, and I take my hat off to all of them.
[in 2019] Lewis Hamilton does not get the credit he deserves. He's one of the greatest sporting heroes this country's ever had. He flies that flag with such pride. He lives in Monaco because all the racing drivers live in Monaco. It saves tax but he's allowed to. He should be Sir Lewis Hamilton by the way.
Jeremy Corbyn has allowed the party to be overrun with horrible antisemites.
We have the best press in the world, albeit imperfect like everything in life, but it's usually most viciously attacked by those who have used it the most to advance themselves...
I don't watch science fiction, I don't watch horror, I don't watch fantasy, I don't watch goofball, I don't watch anything called arty, I don't watch anything foreign independent, I don't watch anything written by J.K. Rowling that's then put on the screen. I don't watch anything too cheesy, I have a very, very, very narrow sphere really. I just like good drama, to be honest with you. I can do a rom-com if it's really good but it's got to be up there with the greats, it can't be just cheesy.
I just don't get Game of Thrones (2011) at all. Tried to watch it, it's a bunch of silly people in silly costumes running around doing silly things. For people like me, the more discerning viewer, it's unwatchable.

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