Michael Vick Cancels Oprah Appearance

Cancellation comes after Oprah cancelled bet with CNN's Piers Morgan

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    Mike Vick wants to stay in Philly.

    CNN's Piers Morgan and Oprah Winfrey can both keep their money, but neither of them are landing a sit-down interview with Michael Vick.  At least not yet.

    Citing personal reasons, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback cancelled his appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." 

    The television hosts last month wagered a bet as to which one of them would be to first to land a sit-down Vick, whose name has become synonymous with dogfighting.

    Winfrey was only able to land the interview after withdrawing the bet.  She reportedly notified Morgan via TwitterAccording to Morgan:

      "... 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 interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was to cover Vick's time in prison, his work with the Humane Society and his return to the NFL.

    Vick released a statement indicating that he intends to reschedule:

    "I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future," he said, acccording to TMZ.

    Vick served 18 month in prison over a dogfighting operation based on his property in Surry County, VA.  Several dogs were seized from the property in 2007.

    He was reinstated to the NFL for the 2009 season and has been doing public service work.