Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Piers Says 'Hello' to a Soul Legend; PICK OF THE DAY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Piers Says 'Hello' to a Soul Legend; PICK OF THE DAY

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Piers Morgan's Life Stories (ITV, 9pm) LOVE him or loathe him, Piers Morgan has a talent for getting celebrities to open up - sometimes they even start blubbing on the sofa. In fact, it's become a bit of a 'thing' for his guests to declare war on the chat show host, determined he won't turn them into a quivering wreck.

"I know you're coming for me, but I can handle you," insists soul supremo Lionel Richie - first under the spotlight in this new series.

"He's the king of love, romance and sex," says Piers. "There have been affairs and divorces and some really low moments amid some of the most stratospherically successful career highs anyone could imagine."

Music legend Lionel, 66, has been at the top of his game for more than 45 years, beginning as a member of the Commodores in 1968.

Since going solo in 1982 he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He even topped the album charts this year after appearing at Glastonbury.

And to top it all off, he even seems like a thoroughly nice bloke.

Starting the interview with a quick burst of: "Hello, is it me you're looking for?", he's immediately charming and funny.

Piers is quick to remind Lionel that he's responsible for every man's romantic conquest over the last three decades.

Later, Lionel reveals why he took a stand against rapper Kanye West for using the "n" word.

He talks about growing up in Alabama against a background of racial segregation, his meteoric rise to wealth, his two failed marriages, the death of his father and adopting daughter Nicole who he supported through drug rehab - "There is not a day that I don't send a text to her and I put down: 'Proud of you.'" WE LOVE DRAMA RIPPER STREET (BBC1, 9pm) WHITECHAPEL'S local nick is usually filled with unsavoury characters. …

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