Piers Morgan's best ever 'Life Stories' interviews

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'Piers Morgan's Life Stories' has created some truly memorable TV moments. (ITV)

Kate Garraway takes the reins on Life Stories this week as former host Piers Morgan exits his final ITV show.

The old Good Morning Britain colleagues met over the interview floor for Morgan's last ever episode, where he delved into Garraway's career and devastating time during the pandemic caring for husband Derek Draper.

Garraway is all set to go with her first interviewee, Charlotte Church, but with 20 series under Morgan's belt he certainly leaves with some tales to tell.

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Here are some of his most memorable Life Stories encounters.

Michael Parkinson (2019)

Broadcaster Michael Parkinson appearing on the BBC morning news and entertainment programme Breakfast,01/05/2007. Smile smiling laugh laughing (Photo by Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)
Broadcaster Michael Parkinson appearing on the BBC in 2007 (Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)

The king of chat shows found himself on the receiving end of probing questions when he agreed to an interview about his fascinating life in series 16.

As an old hand at getting the best lines out of celebrity interviews, you might expect him to deftly sidestep any difficult questions.

However, viewers' hearts broke as he cried over memories of the death of his father in 1975, with Morgan later revealing that they'd had to stop filming because he was so overcome with emotion.

Cheryl (2010)

Cheryl Tweedy (left) and Ashley Cole during a photocall to launch the National Lottery Dream Number, at Jasmine Studios in Shepherds Bush, west London. Picture Date: Tuesday July 11, 2006. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA   (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cheryl Tweedy (left) and Ashley Cole during a photocall to launch the National Lottery Dream Number, 2006 (Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

The former Girls Aloud singer signed up to Life Stories at a particularly vulnerable time in her life, not long after splitting from first husband Ashley Cole.

She opened up on the raw emotion of finding out that the footballer had been cheating on her and held nothing back in talking about her devastation in the tear-soaked interview.

Mel B (2019)

Geri Horner praised 'brave' Mel B for appearing in a short film about domestic violence. (Charles Coates/Getty Images)
Mel B revealed a secret relationship with Geri Halliwell. (Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Spice Girls always make for good interviewees, and none more so than the outspoken Mel B.

With stories to tell about her past relationship with Eddie Murphy and her terrible years in an abusive marriage to Stephen Belafonte, as well as her wild pop career, Morgan was never going to be short of topics to discuss with her.

Read more: Mel B still woken up by PTSD flashbacks of abusive marriage

However, the unexpected headline from the interview was Mel B revealing a fling she'd had with Spice Girls co-star Geri Halliwell, who didn't seem thrilled that the story had come out and also failed to mention it in her own 2010 Life Stories appearance.

Torvill and Dean (2013)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean attend The Michael Josephson MBE Charity Ball 2021 at  on October 09, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
Torvill and Dean admitted they once kissed. (Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

Much as Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are national treasures and rightly beloved for their Olympic skating success, as well as their Dancing On Ice stardom, they're not exactly brimming with salacious showbiz stories.

In anyone else's hands, it could have been a rather dull episode - but expert interviewer Morgan managed to extract the Torvill and Dean scoop of their lives, that they'd once kissed at the back of a bus on their way home from a competition.

Elton John (2010)

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 19: Elton John performs during the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour at Smoothie King Center on January 19, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
Elton John had plenty of showbiz tales to tell. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Morgan drew in some of the biggest names in entertainment for his 20 series at the helm of Life Stories, bagging interviews with people you'd never expect to say yes - but no star was bigger than Elton John.

There is nobody in the world of showbiz that Elton doesn't know and he's not shy of falling out with any of them, so his interview was always going to be TV gold.

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Interviewers brave enough to ask Elton the difficult questions are also few and far between, so this was a real Life Stories highlight and a fascinating glimpse into celebrity life.

Paul Gascoigne (2011)

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 15: Paul Gascoigne on the red carpet at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, at the P&J Live arena on December 15, 2019, in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)
Gazza spoke about his tumultuous life. (Ross MacDonald / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Morgan never missed an opportunity to interview his sporting heroes, but one of the most unmissable over the years was with footballing legend Paul Gascoigne.

The former star's decline into addiction and mental health struggles has been well documented over the years, but here he got the chance to tell his heartbreaking story in his own words.

Caitlyn Jenner (2018)

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Caitlyn Jenner sat down with Piers Morgan after her transition. (ITV)

Out of a family where nearly every person hits global headlines week in, week out, and with scores of reality series about their lives, Caitlyn Jenner is the most endlessly fascinating.

As Bruce Jenner she was an Olympic gold medallist decathlete, before starring in Keeping Up With the Kardashians as Kris Jenner's husband.

Read more: Piers Morgan says Gemma Collins got death threats when she was announced for Life Stories

In 2015, Jenner came out as a trans woman and between her gender transition journey, Olympic career and famous children and stepchildren, there would have been enough conversation to fill a whole series of Life Stories.

Barbara Windsor (2010)

Barbara Windsor spoke about her love for husband Scott Mitchell. (Getty Images)
Barbara Windsor spoke about her love for husband Scott Mitchell. (Getty Images)

Morgan had the opportunity to interview the late Dame Barbara Windsor about her incredible life just a few years before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The Carry On and EastEnders star had a brush with the Krays in her early career, had romances with many a famous star, and knew pretty much everyone in showbusiness.

She also spoke movingly about her love for husband Scott Mitchell, 25 years her junior but a devoted partner who cared for her until her death in 2020.

Kate Garraway's Life Stories begins on Thursday at 9pm on ITV.

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