10:59am PT by Marisa Guthrie
Casey Anthony Declines On-Air Interview on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'
Piers Morgan’s interview with national pariah Casey Anthony Tuesday night has already prompted plenty of outrage on Twitter. But it could have been worse if Anthony had agreed to air their 10-minute phone conversation live on Piers Morgan Tonight. Her demands left Morgan to relay to his audience what she told him, blunting the impact an interview with Anthony could have generated.
Morgan and his producers asked Anthony to call in to the program, which featured her lawyer J. Cheney Mason, a spokesperson for Morgan’s CNN show told The Hollywood Reporter. Mason was present for the call. But Anthony declined to do the call for the show.
Anthony was acquitted of capital murder charges last summer in the death of her toddler daughter Caylee Anthony. Not surprisingly, Anthony maintained her innocence.
“Obviously I didn't kill my daughter,” Anthony said, according to Morgan. “If anything, there's nothing in this world I’ve ever been more proud of, and there’s no one I loved more than my daughter. She's my greatest accomplishment.”
Anthony has remained in seclusion since being released from the Florida jail she called home throughout her trial. Her attempts to peddle a paid interview via a Los Angeles production company were rebuffed by multiple cable networks, which feared a public backlash.
CNN did not pay Anthony or Mason in any way, a network spokesperson said. (Licensing personal photographs and home videos has been common practice at news organizations where standards and practices bar direct payment for interviews.)