Oprah Winfrey only managed to land an interview with controversial sports star Michael Vick after withdrawing her TV bet with Piers Morgan - because the American footballer wanted no part in their gambling.
Both Winfrey and Morgan were after the first in-depth TV chat with the disgraced Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, who was jailed for 20 months in 2007 for his role in an illegal dog fighting ring.
The British TV personality enticed Winfrey into a wager when she appeared on his first CNN show, betting her "one hundred British pounds" that he'd beat her to the big chat - an offer Winfrey accepted and doubled.
The media mogul appeared to have won the bet on Monday (14Feb11) when she announced Vick would be a guest on her show on Thursday (17Feb11).
But Morgan reveals the wager no longer stands - because it was the one stipulation Vick's agent had when he agreed to grant one of the talk show hosts an interview.
Morgan explains, "I feel absolutely gutted... Although I haven't technically lost. Here's what happened: I bet Oprah £200 for this interview, and then a mysterious thing happened at the end of last week, where Michael Vick's agent rang us both up and said, 'He can't be party to gambling so he'll only do an interview with either of you if you withdraw the bet.' At which point, Oprah, quick as lightening, gets straight on Twitter and says, 'Dear Piers, I'm withdrawing the bet, I don't know why I let you talk me into it, I still love you, Oprah.'
"The moment I saw that, I knew what that meant was, if she did that on Twitter, she was in the clear and she had him in the bag! You shouldn't pick a fight with Oprah Winfrey, right?"