Why Piers Morgan Banned Madonna From His CNN Show
Piers Morgan Tonight has yet to premiere on CNN, but don't expect to see Madonna dropping by the show's studios when it does.
British comic Piers Morgan first took a dig at the Material Girl last week at CNN's Television Critics Association Winter 2011 Session when he referred to her as "an irritant in my life for 20 years." He added that the only way she would be invited to be a gust on his show is if she "made the apology on CNN."
What started the feud between the 45-year-old America's Got Talent judge -- who replaces Larry King on January 17 -- and the 52-year-old pop star?
"Madonna and I, we've never really seen eye-to-eye," Morgan tells Access Hollywood. "There was a bread roll throwing incident in London in the mid '90s; there was an incident at a hotel in the south of France at the Cannes Film Festival involving a photographer and a bodyguard; there's been an incident involving a pub owned by her recently departed husband, Guy Ritchie, where my brother was the manager."
But according to Morgan, his biggest gripe with Madonna stems from a missed opportunity when he was a print journalist in London.
"You know the worst thing Madonna did to me? Madonna's publicist once said to me, 'Listen to me, Madonna is not pregnant,' when I was running a newspaper. And I said, 'Are you sure?' She said, 'Listen to me, Piers. Madonna is not pregnant,'" he recalls. "The next day, they announced it on a rival newspaper's website. There's a series of crimes."
What would it take for Morgan to drop his grudge against the "Hung Up" singer?
"The only way she can come back is to literally get on bended knee in somewhere like Times Square on national television and beg me for forgiveness," he says.