Piers Morgan: I Could Be the New Barbara Walters

  • Could Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan become NBC’s answer to Barbara Walters? He wants to bring his UK show, Life Stories, across the pond. “Back in England, I am actually better known as an interviewer,” he told The New York Post. Whereas in this country he’s primarily known as that massive tool from Celebrity Apprentice who only somewhat resembled a decent human being because he was up against Omarosa. Morgan goes on: “In this country, there is a bit of a gap in the market. Barbara Walters has just [semi-]retired, and I think there is an opportunity there for me.” I’m no big fan of Ms. Walters, but Piers is out of his mind (or, more likely, incredibly arrogant) if he thinks he could replace her. Walters had been a mainstay on U.S. television for about three thousand years before she was the Baba Wawa.
  • Whitney Houston‘s London concert on Sunday was a shambolic affair: fans allegedly stuck their fingers in their ears when The Voice attempted to hit the high notes in “I Will Always Love You.” Houston was so off her game that she had to apologize to fans: “She doesn’t want to come, my soprano friend. Sometimes the old girl sings, but not tonight.”
  • When Amy Winehouse goes a-boozin’, her boobs take a bruisin’.(The Sun)
  • Lady GaGa gets a billion views of her videos on YouTube; M.I.A.‘s clips get pulled down. The rapper’s latest video, “Born Free,” has been yanked from YouTube for violating the site’s ban on content featuring “pornography or gratuitous violence.” You can still watch all the obscenity over at NME.
  • Dominic West, McNulty from The Wire, once had the hots for Tory leader David Cameron‘s wife, the Prime Minister candidate has revealed. “Dominic West, who plays Jimmy McNulty, is a friend. He tried to go out with Samantha once. He fancied Samantha. I won!”(Guardian)
  • Actor Vinnie Jones and his Blood Out co-star Tamer Hassan got into a brawl outside a Los Angeles hotel this past weekend. Jones explained it away: “Me and Tamer had words and a bit of a scuffle like a lot of blokes do on a weekend after a drink and a curry.” (The Sun)
  • British novelist Alan Sillitoe has died at age 82. His novels Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner ushered in Britain’s “Angry Young Man” movement of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Both were made into landmark films. Here’s the trailer for 1960′s Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, starring the great Albert Finney:

  • Occupation writer Peter Bowker will write a drama about comic duo Morecambe and Wise, and comedienne Victoria Wood is attached to star as Morecambe’s mother, Sadie.(The Stage)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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