January 7th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
If you want to get to Oprah Winfrey, you've got to go through her BFF first.
That's the lesson Piers Morgan learned before nabbing the talk-show titan as his debut guest on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
"I had to seduce Gayle King by e-mail, which I did very successfully for a sustained period of time," Morgan, 45, tells CNN. "A great sort of digital courtship. And if you get to Gayle you get to Oprah!"
Morgan's interview with Winfrey, 56, lasted two hours but will be edited down for the show's January 17 premiere. King, 56, says she was impressed with what she saw.
"Piers is good, may I just say that," she tells CNN. "He is really good. He's got a great sense of humor; he doesn't backtrack; he goes another way to get the question. He's good. It was fun watching him [with Oprah]."
Winfrey, however, may have found the experience slightly more stressful. She tells CNN, "That's one of the toughest interviews I've had in 20 years!"
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