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Jeremy Piven finally speaks out on his mercury poisoning

January 15, 2009 |  7:09 am

Jeremy_piven_at_the_golden_globes Broadway's "Speed-the-Plow" dropout Jeremy Piven appeared on "Good Morning America" today to offer up his side of the sushi saga.

You'll recall that the "Entourage" star was in the middle of his well-reviewed run of the David Mamet Hollywood-themed play when he abruptly dropped out, citing high levels of mercury.

He immediately came under attack, with the playwright famously calling him "a thermometer."

"I wanted to come out here and say the truth," said Piven, adding that he had been suffering symptoms of the poisoning since the second week of rehearsals for the play.

But the show must go on. 

"This was my finest moment; this is what I had been working for my whole life," he told Diane Sawyer.

"The last thing I ever thought about doing was not completing this run," he said of the play, which is scheduled to close Feb. 22. "I've never not completed anything in my life. ... My intention was to finish this thing."

Truth? Or a performance worthy of a Tony Award? You decide: The video is here.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: A healthy-looking Jeremy Piven at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times