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Piers Morgan gets a scoop: George Clooney had malaria

January 20, 2011 |  4:38 pm

OK, maybe I spoke too soon. Piers Morgan did get someone to give him a scoop: George Clooney, who'll be on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Friday, tells the CNN host he contracted malaria in Sudan. I guess this is an example of the true difference between Morgan and Larry King--Morgan broke the news in a tweet, whereas King would've sent out a press release.

Morgan followed up with another tweet, joking about the star's health: "Clooney malaria update: now have 24,563 offers to nurse him. But his rep says medication's worked and he's OK. Sorry, ladies."

--Patrick Goldstein

Photo: George Clooney in Sudan. Credit: Spencer Platt / Getty Images