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Piers Morgan on Charlie Sheen: 'I believe fundamentally in a man's right to party if he wants to'

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Piers Morgan appeared on Conan last night to recount how he landed his live interview with Charlie Sheen and to show his support for the actor. Morgan, who also interviewed Sheen in the ’90s, said one of his bookers got the actor’s number and Morgan phoned it himself. Sheen’s daughter answered and said, “Dad, there’s this guy called Piers from CNN who wants to talk to you,” Morgan said.

For a half hour, he convinced Sheen, who he considers to be a smart guy going through a tough period, that the erratic interviews he’d been giving made him look “slightly crazy” — and that he could better express himself in a live hour conversation. Sheen promised he’d be there that afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PT for the 6 p.m. PT show, but he didn’t roll in until after 5:55 p.m. PT, which Morgan said gave him a “squeaky bum.”

Morgan said that Sheen genuinely believes that his personal life should not be an issue when it comes to his ability to star on TV’s No. 1 comedy. Conan said if people are worried about Sheen living and dying, it could be. “I didn’t get the sense this is a guy who’s about to die,” Morgan said, noting that Sheen was partying just as hard 20 years ago. “I believe fundamentally in a man’s right to party if he wants to,” he said. (Cue Conan’s mock tantrum: “And I do not. I do not believe in the right to party. No one should have fun. NOBODY. NO FUN!”)

Morgan also said the Sheen gave him the sheet of paper he’d brought with his drug test results — and signed it, “To Piers, let’s get hammered. Love, Charlie.” When the hour ended, Sheen asked him what he was doing that night. “I was like, this is that moment, isn’t it? Do I go partying with Charlie Sheen?” He said he didn’t. He went back to his hotel room to watch himself on TV. The audience booed. (He won them back over when discussing why he’s banned Madonna from his show — he finds her pretending to be British annoying — and their stare-down at Vanity Fair‘s Oscar party, as well as why he’s banned Heather Mills. He’s the one who introduced her and Paul McCartney.)

Does a Piers Morgan endorsement change the way you view Charlie Sheen’s ongoing saga?

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