Boy George perfect for Life Stories, says Piers Morgan
Published 21/01/2016 | 11:41
Piers Morgan has booked Boy George for his ITV series Life Stories, calling it "the perfect life story".
The Good Morning Britain star revealed the news backstage at the National Television Awards.
He said the booking of the pop singer, a coach on BBC One talent show The Voice, was achieved by social media.
"I did actually book Boy George on Twitter, which shows you the power of Twitter and shows you what a great guy he is," Morgan said.
"I said to him out of nowhere, 'It's time for Life Stories, George, got to be hasn't it?'. He direct messaged me immediately and said, 'Your ears must be burning, call my manager'."
Morgan added: "He to me is the perfect life story. A brilliant talent. Band Aid - he flew in on Concorde, rough as hell, hungover - apparently sang pitch perfect.
"Then he became the biggest pop star in the country and then he lost it all and all his problems, and then he came back on a huge TV show, everyone loves him again. It's a great story."
Best known as the frontman of Culture Club, Boy George is not the only name on Morgan's list for the next series of Life Stories.
"I'm working on Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt and Boy George - I've got one so far!" Morgan said to laughter.
In Life Stories, celebrities open up about their lives to the ex-editor of the Daily Mirror in front of a live audience.
Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne admitted on the show: "I'd probably have about 16 lines of coke in a day. Which is a hell of a lot."
John Lydon, aka Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten, reflected on the drug overdose of bandmate Sid Vicious, who died aged 21.
Other celebrities who have sat opposite Morgan for a grilling include the late Cilla Black, Lionel Richie, Simon Cowell, Sir Elton John and Russell Brand.