Piers Morgan, the British talk show host seen each night on America’s CNN, seems truly obsessed with love. His chat show, “Piers Morgan Live”, airs on the Cable News Network each evening at 9pm and one of Morgan’s favorite questions for his guests is this, “How many times have you been properly in love?” Invariably, the guest takes the query in the spirit it was given and answers him coyly or playfully. Morgan then retorts playfully in kind and we are either titillated, entertained or appropriately repulsed by the love soaked banter.
How about good, old fashioned roll in the hay lust? As Austin Powers says, “A shag, baby! I shagged her rotten!”
Morgan’s stock question and by now predictable set-up is like Barbara Walters with her infamous, “If you could be a tree, which one would it be and why?”, only less leafy I suppose. Anyway, just once, I’d love – there’s that ubiquitous word again – for a guest to shoot back at him, “Piers, how often have you been properly in lust?” Surely this European man of the world wouldn’t even blink at the sheer audacity of such a personal question. But would we get a real answer or a cop out?
The former newspaper editor and former judge of “America’s Got Talent”, Piers Morgan doesn’t only pull out his lovey dovey inquiry for lightweight fare, softball convos and fluff sessions. He’s so intent on shuffling around and digging deep into romance – bad or otherwise – of his guest, he even asked former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the prying question. The notoriously controversial politician may have responded with, “I’ve been in love with ways to destroy the infidel too often to count!”
Let’s be clear here. I’m not advocating wanton promiscuity. Nor am I endorsing any sort of ‘player’ lifestyle which sees people hopping from one partner to another. I’m simply wondering if Morgan could spice up his show by asking celebrities, rock stars and politicians just how often they may have pursued someone because of a purely physical motivation.
You wonder if Piers Morgan wants to bypass the messy dating work which goes into establishing and maintaining a loving, long term relationship, but he may just score more honesty or even a few ratings grabbing surprises if he asks about a guest’s sex life rather than an idealized romance that’s so easy to stretch the truth on. Maybe his buddy, the Sirius XM shock jock and judge on “America’s Got Talent”, Howard Stern, could give his pal pointers. Stern is a master at how to draw out the more steamy revelations of the celebrities. Morgan could learn a thing or two about that, as he hounds guests about his notions of an idealized, fairy tale kind of love.