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Piers Morgan Lands Oprah as First Guest

Piers Morgan and Orprah Winfrey
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The Brit journo promises "a compelling interview" for his CNN debut.

Oprah Winfrey will be Piers Morgan's first guest when he debuts Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN Jan. 17. 

Morgan announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association that she is "a great get" -- and not just because she recently launched her new cable network OWN.   "She’s a compelling interview," he told critics. "Everyone has interviewed Oprah over the years. Is my interview as good as the ones that have been done before? She thought so. I guarantee you’ll enjoy this one.”   As for his new show, Morgan said he wants it to be "highly opinionated. I don’t want it to be shrieky, I’m a Republican or Democrat. I want to unlock the real people, whoever they are.”