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Piers Morgan announces more guests

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From Oprah to George Clooney

The first round of guests for Piers Morgan Tonight has been announced and it is an impressive group. Piers Morgan will kick off his new hour-long interview show by grilling Oprah Winfrey and then follow up with Howard Stern, Condoleezza Rice, Ricky Gervais and George Clooney.

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Piers Morgan has taken Larry King's proverbial chair at CNN, but be warned: Piers Morgan Tonight will be a whole new game. Fans who know Morgan from America's Got Talent will not be surprised to hear the Brit plays hardball with his interviewees.

Morgan's first guest, Oprah Winfrey, is still shaking from her visit to Piers Morgan Tonight.

"He is a tough cookie!" Winfrey told SheKnows. "Those days of Larry King soft-balling you? Over, baby. I had to take a hot bath and a couple Anacin after that interview. It was like volleying. I said, 'Piers, if I ask a question and they don't want to answer it, I move on. You come back three different ways!' You have to be on your toes.

"At the end of the interview, he asked me, 'What did you think?' I was so stunned I just said, 'Surprising.' He's going to be so interesting."

Piers Morgan Tonight debuts Monday, January 17 at 9 p.m. EST with Oprah Winfrey. After Winfrey, shock jock king Howard Stern, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Golden Globes funnyman Ricky Gervais and actor George Clooney will take their turns in CNN's newest hot seat.

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