“Why are we replacing Larry King with this annoying British guy?” Morgan said, channeling his supposedly bewildered new audience.
More than two years later, “Piers Morgan Live” is still on air, and Morgan spilled a few of his secrets at the National Press Club Friday when discussing his new book, “Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God and George Clooney.”
The Brit and former newspaper editor peppered the audience with dropped names and fantastical stories about his celebrity encounters. That time Morgan was was hungover in Times Square after a night of drinking with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s daughter, only to look up and see his face splashed across an enormous billboard? Typical Piers.
The title of his book speaks to the issues Piers has become known for campaigning on since arriving in the United States, including gun control and gay marriage. But George Clooney?
“It was him or Snooki, but I went with Clooney,” Morgan said (with just a hint of sarcasm), adding that he thinks the actor is a “proper star.”
For his show’s first guest, Morgan badgered Gayle King, Oprah Winfrey’s close friend, to help secure Winfrey. When she agreed to appear, Morgan decided against asking her one of his signature questions: “Are you good in bed?”
He kept it PG, asking instead how many times she had properly been in love, and referred to Winfrey as “Onions Oprah” after making her cry.
When Morgan asked former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the same question, he said, “I am in love with all of humanity.”
The tables were turned when Morgan was asked some of his signature interview questions, and told the audience his one remaining ambition is to be in a James Bond film.
“[Daniel] Craig can’t go on forever,” Morgan said.
Fellow CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer made an appearance as himself in “Skyfall,” the most recent Bond film, something he apparently reminds Morgan of every time he sees him.
Morgan also dispelled a popular myth about overly-polite Brits versus brash Americans.
“Americans are actually more polite than the Brits these days,” Morgan said. “Americans are the ones you most want to have next to you when you’re in trouble.”