Piers Morgan Reveals List of Celebrities Banned From CNN Show
Piers Morgan has already banned Madonna from appearing on his new CNN show, and now he's added a few more famous names to his blacklist.
Among them are his fellow "America's Got Talent" judge Howie Mandel, whom Morgan finds "too irritating."
"It's behavior-related, so he has a chance to redeem himself on Season 6 of AGT, but I don't hold out any hope," Morgan told Entertainment Weekly.
Heather Mills, ex-wife of Paul McCartney has a "lifetime ban," from appearing on Morgan's show, which debuts Monday. The CNN host said he introduced the couple in 1999; they divorced acrimoniously about three years ago.
"I realized I'd pushed one of the world's great gold diggers in the direction of one of my heroes," Morgan said. "And as Paul puts it to his close friends, 'Thanks, Piers, you cost me 50 million dollars.' "
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is also banned "just because it would really annoy him," Morgan said, adding that "it's a temporary ban, designed to confuse and bemuse him, and hopefully engender a violent reaction."
And while Morgan said he gets along well with former British prime minister Tony Blair, it's not the case with his wife, Cherie Blair, who also has made his blacklist.
"It was just one of those terrible clashes of personalities," he said. "I think we'd have to ban Cherie simply because it would get violent. She would attack me."
Last month, Morgan said he won't be interviewing Madonna because she is "too vegan for TV" and that he'd prefer to interview "whoever is in the news who is relevant and current."
So who will be appearing on Morgan's show? Along with first guest Oprah Winfrey, those scheduled to appear this week include Howard Stern, George Clooney, Ricky Gervais and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Guests confirmed for following weeks include Kid Rock, Rod Stewart, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Donald and Melania Trump.
Morgan's show airs at 9 p.m. nightly in Larry King's former time slot.