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Super Blowout!; Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967-2014; New "Bridgegate" Documents; Hoffman's Addiction Struggle

Aired February 3, 2014 - 08:00   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Breaking overnight, a quadruple murderer on the run after escaping from prison. And this morning, one woman able to break free after he allegedly abducted her with a box cutter. The latest on the frantic search.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Not even close. Seattle destroys Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII. The game, a blow-out. The ads, a mixed bag. We have all the winners and losers from the big night and what about Joe Namath's coat.

MONICA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: School lunch uproar. The latest instance of humiliation for grade schoolers. A New Jersey child's lunch taken away after there's not enough money in his account, after another school throws out lunches in front of the children. What's going on here?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.

CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, February 3rd, 8:00 in the East.

The epic Super Bowl thriller wasn't that much of a thrill for the Denver Broncos, I'll tell you that. It was a blow-out, 43-8. It was the Seahawks legion of boom defense dismantling Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. It was lopsided. No question in terms of score. But a ton of big plays, really excite, amazing halftime show. I was happy to be there last night.

BOLDUAN: And again, he did not take me.

The first Super Bowl win in the Seahawks' 38-year history topping off wild celebration -- why do people burn furniture? -- in Seattle, with fans setting bonfires and torching mattresses.

Our Super Bowl coverage kicks off with Nischelle Turner at MetLife Stadium.

Good morning. It's now a white out where you are, Nischelle?

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It absolutely is a white out, Kate. Good morning from MetLife Stadium. It's snowing to beat the band. That's kind of a saying that my grandmother would say, it's snowing to beat the band out here.

In fact, my trusted assistant producer Doug can show me, look at the snow. It's perfect snowball snow. It's wet. It's packed. And 10 bucks for me to tag Mike Galanos from HLN right beside me. No, not going to do it, although it is so tempting. I'll just toss it over there.

Now, this Super Bowl could be called the 12 second Super Bowl because it took 12 seconds at the start of the game for the Seahawks to take control. 12 seconds out of the half to virtually steal the victory, and 12 seconds or less for the seat Seahawks fans to completely flip out.


TURNER (voice-over): Super sized celebrations in Seattle after a Super Bowl blow-out. Bonfires and fireworks as the city relishes in its first world championship ever.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Greatest thing ever. Yes. Thought it would never come. We've had such bad deal of luck, but it's all turned now.

TURNER: Back on the field, the Seahawks are also in disbelief.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't feel, it hasn't hit me yet. But I know when I go home and I leave and I see that ring, it's going to be indescribable.

Everything lit up. I mean, all the emotions came out. I was hugging everybody. Everybody was hugging me. Slapping me and everything. It was an amazing feeling.

TURNER: The game was pretty much over as soon as it began, with the Seahawks defense overpowering the Denver Broncos.

Just 12 seconds into the game, Peyton Manning slips up on a bad snap, giving the Seahawks the fastest score in Super Bowl history.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Seahawks! Seahawks!

TURNER: Second quarter for the Seahawks, same song, different verse.

Beast mode putting in work. Once again, the Legion of Boom spells doom for number 18.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Malcolm Smith all alone! No flags. Touchdown, Seattle.

TURNER: Like a broken record for Denver fans, Seattle scoring touchdown --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's going to go. Touchdown, Seattle.

TURNER: -- after touchdown -- UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Touchdown, unbelievable.

TURNER: -- after touchdown.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For all practical purpose, this game is over.

TURNER: The hawks got a scare when cornerback Richard Sherman injured his ankle and was carried off the field in the fourth quarter.


Sherman known for talking trash took the high road after the game tweeting, "Peyton is the classiest person player I've ever met. I can learn so much from him. Thank you for being a great competitor and person."


TURNER: And I concur, Mr. Sherman. I concur.

Now, when I say the name beast mode, you think Marshawn Lynch, the great running back in Seattle Seahawks, right?

Well, you know, he doesn't like the media. He doesn't like to talk to us. He has this line. I'm just about that action, boss.

Well, last night, he was just about that selfie, boss. I caught up with him in the tunnel and, you know, he decided to talk. He decided to hang out. We took a little selfie, have a little fun.

By the way, he didn't go the post-game presser, even though they won. He didn't to the media, he did take time to hang a little bit with me and my hat -- Chris and Kate.

BOLDUAN: And a good hat it is.

CUOMO: It really is Bear Bryant if that happened. You make it took better than the bear ever could. Not liking the media and not liking Nischelle Turner are two very different things.

Nischelle, thanks for being in the snow. Appreciate it.

TURNER: I mean -- all right, guys.

CUOMO: So the narrative here is that, you know, funny little thing happened to Peyton Manning on the way thyme. He got out played by a 25-year-old in only his second season. It's a little unfair. Yes, Russell Wilson, the Seattle's quarterback, had a great game but such a team effort that went into this Super Bowl win, this real blow-out.

Let's bring Rachel Nichols back in with us this morning.

Interesting, the snow that's there now. Everybody was worried about bad weather for Peyton.

(CROSSTALK) CUOMO: What do you think? Just a little speculation. If there had been the snow we're seeing now, it could have been any worse. It may have worked in their favor, because this would have been a running game.

BOLDUAN: We were (INAUDIBLE) to the letter. I would have been.

RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS: It certainly couldn't have been any worse. If he had as bad a performance people would have blamed the weather. Now, people are looking at him wait has he lost something, he had all those neck surgeries, he hasn't been throwing as strong a football, which we all know. But he was so accurate during the season. Maybe when you get up against the defense as good as Seattle's defense, that doesn't cut it.

There are questions now about his legacy. Look, Peyton Manning is a first ballot Hall of Fame. There is no question about that. He little changed the way the position is played. The way he (INAUDIBLE) at the line, the way he works with his offense on the field. It's just different than all the quarterbacks before him.

But the object of the game is to win. You play to win the game. It's Herman Edwards, your former Jets coach, famously said.

When you get to the big games winning is a big part of that coming in the clutch. He has now lost his Super Bowls and won one. And it does not make him not a great quarterback. He's still a great, great one of the best quarterbacks.

But it is something that will always be tagged to him and, honestly, it's going to bother Peyton Manning more than it bothers the rest of us because he will have to talk about it for the rest of his career.

BOLDUAN: He's a perfectionist as well.

We always love to look at the front pages of the hometown newspapers on these things. So, first up, we got the "Seattle Times," I think we have a full screen of it, "Champs," simply put. Russell Wilson now, very happy man.

And also, then you have the home page of the "Denver Post", just simply said, "Sea Sick." was it the movable defense or did the Denver offense lose it? What do you think it was?


NICHOLS: Legion of boom, baby. Great defense. The impression that defense wins championships certainly came through. There was a question the rules of the game has changed favoring the offense and there was a question of is -- that defense wins championship" is going to go away now? No. And this team, by the way, the average age is 26 years old. They are young. They are hungry. And they are going to be going all out next year.

CUOMO: When is the last time we had a defensive MVP? The linebacker was the MVP of the game. NICHOLS: I interviewed him afterwards and Malcolm Smith was as stunned as anyone to earn the MVP and he just said I'm here rapping for all the defensive players. Now, on our defense, on every defense, it's so rare for a defensive player to get recognized. I said, how do you guys feeling about yourselves, I mean, you were so confident NFC championship, and he just looked at me and said I'm feeling pretty good. Which I think is pretty much how Seattle is feeling right now.

BOLDUAN: Thanks --


BOLDUAN: It pretty much sums it up. Thanks so much. Great work last night. Long night, short evening for you.

NICHOLS: I'm happy to be back with you.

BOLDUAN: So, we want to take you back to that live shot of MetLife Stadium. It's changed since we walked in this morning. A messy winter storm hit the East Coast, grounding flights and ruing travel plans for many of those fans who attended the Super Bowl.

Meteorologist Chad Myers is tracking it all.

You said it were going to happen. It's changed quickly, Chad.

CHAD MYERS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You know, there will be eight inches of snow on the field by game time tonight which would be 6:30 if the game was Monday. So, could it get worse? I'm not sure.

A thousand flights are cancelled already, 250 of those flights are out of New York City. That's 40,000 people that probably came to the Super Bowl or at least to the city. Now that can't get back out of the city because of the snow.


The snow is in New York. All the way back down to Philadelphia. I had a live shot earlier of the Columbus circle area.

When I was coming to work, about 4:00, it was raining. That has changed. It's all snow and snow is packing to the streets right there along the city and we'll have a rough commute home. At least in the city, I would say six to eight inches of snow and same story all the way back to northern Kentucky, all the way through parts of the Poconos and we have winter storm warnings all the way from Long Island, all the way back to Louisville, Kentucky, right now and this is a big snow event, six to ten inches here.

Delaware, back to New York City, back to the west of there -- Pittsburgh a foot of snow coming down. This is the first of two storms this week. The next arrives in two days. Are you ready?

BOLDUAN: What a change. What a quick change.

MYERS: Punxsutawney Phil said it. BOLDUAN: Yes, in guess he's being right.

MYERS: Right.

BOLDUAN: Even if you do drop them.

CUOMO: It's going to be terrible. But, you know, you live and got to get through it one way or the other.

BOLDUAN: We will do that.

CUOMO: Blame Chad.

BOLDUAN: We'll blame Chad. Thanks, Chad.

CUOMO: So you've been hearing by this time the sad news about Philip Seymour Hoffman came out yesterday. He has been found dead this morning in his apartment. He's being remembered as one of the finest actors of his generation.

An autopsy is scheduled for today. It's suspected drug overdose at this time. There are new developments in the investigation, though.

So let's bring in CNN's Alexandra Field. She's outside Hoffman's apartment this morning -- Alexandra.


Philips Seymour Hoffman was known worldwide for his talent. But right here in Greenwich Village, his neighbors said he preferred to just blend in. Still, so many of them were fans of his work and fan of the man. That's why you can see, those flowers have started to piled up and candles lit in his memory.


FIELD (voice-over): A flurry of flash bulbs as actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's body was carried out of his New York City home. The academy award-winning actor was found dead Sunday morning on his bathroom floor of an apparent overdose. Law enforcement sources says Hoffman was found with a needle in his left arm and at least two baggies that they believed contained heroin, several other envelopes were found empty.

Police say Hoffman hadn't been seen since 8:00 the night before. Playwright David "Cats" called police after finding his body. Hoffman's family released a statement that reads in part, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the out pouring of love and support we have received from everyone."

This was the Philip Seymour Hoffman that was known in this star studded neighborhood, regarded as a great father and neighbor, one who is concerned about issues in his community.

ELENA PEREAZZINI, NEIGHBOR: I'm just as shock. I feel so horrified in a way and to know how he died -- because I mean, he must have been in a lot of pain. I don't know.

FIELD: Friends say Hoffman moved here alone last year, not far from his family, after revealing he was in rehab for abusing prescription pills. Hoffman acknowledged his battle with addiction on "60 Minutes" in 2006.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, ACTOR: It was a panic. I was 22 and I got panicked for my life. It really was. It was just that. I always think God, you know, I have so much empathy for these young actors who are 19 and all of sudden, they are beautiful and famous and rich. I'm like, my God, I'll be dead.

FIELD: Hoffman's death a profound loss for the Hollywood community and his devoted fans.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Do anything. I just have so much respect for him. I've been thinking about his children all day. It's just such a tragedy.


FIELD: A lot of fans have been coming out here sharing that same emotion. Many of them wiping tears from their face. Investigators are now working from this theory that Hoffman died from a drug overdose. They say they will be testing the substance that was found inside his apartment. They were also be trying track down where he was in the hours and days before his death and who he may have been speaking to and also, who he may have been with -- Chris, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right. Alexandra, thank you very much for that.

So, today, New Jersey lawmakers will be getting their first set of subpoenaed documents in the political payback scandal. This as Governor Chris Christie slams new allegations that he knew about the traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge.

But as the governor digs another member of his staff is bailing out.

CNN's Erin McPike is live in Washington with much more on this.

Good morning again, Erin.


Well, you're right. Christie's director of intergovernmental affairs, Christina Reena, resigned Friday. Now, she indicated that she's been pursuing a new opportunity in the private-sector for a few months and this wasn't connected to the bridge controversy. But she was one of the 17 individuals who had been subpoenaed by the New Jersey investigatory committee that begins the next phase of its investigation today.


(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) MCPIKE (voice-over): What should have been a shining moment for Chris Christie and his state as host of this year's Super Bowl overshadowed by jeers.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, (R) NEW JERSEY: -- have already heard enough speeches. Enough speeches of the same thing.

MCPIKE: And new questions.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Governor, is there any truth to the allegations?

MCPIKE: On the eve of the big game, the governor's office circulated a scathing e-mail attempting to discredit the Christie appointee making those allegations, former Port Authority official, David Wildstein, who carried out the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Allegations Christie knew more that he's indicated.

"The bottom line," e-mail reads, "David Wildstein will do and say anything to save David Wildstein." Wildstein's lawyer said Friday evidence exists tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures during the period the lanes were closed. A charge Christie continues to deny. Even John Wisniewski, the Democrat leading the New Jersey legislature's investigation, was skeptical.

ASSEMBLYMAN JOHN WISNIEWSKI, (D) NEW JERSEY: The use of the words "evidence exists" as opposed to saying I have documents or I have an e-mail is a curious choice of words. So, it raises questions about what does he have and why doesn't the committee have it?

MCPIKE: High-profile Republicans defended Christie saying there's no reason he should stop helping his colleagues as chair of the Republican Governors Association.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, (R) LOUISIANA: I don't think he should step down. I think he should stay there.

MCPIKE: And while others say he should be impeached from his day job, Wisniewski calls that --

WISNIEWSKI: One word, premature. We don't have enough facts to even get to that conversation.


MCPIKE (on-camera): Now, we haven't heard the governor take real sustained questions since that marathon press conference 25 days ago, but tonight at 7:00, he will, during his monthly ask the governor session on a New Jersey radio station and we'll see more of him on the political circuit in the next few months including at an influential gathering of thousands of conservatives here in Washington early next month -- Michaela.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Thank you for the latest.

Let's take a look at the rest of our headlines right now.


PEREIRA (voice-over): Harsh words for John Kerry from the Israelis. Two high-ranking cabinet ministers accusing the secretary of state of trying to undermine Israel's legitimacy. Those comments coming after Kerry warned Jerusalem was facing the threat of an international boycott because of its west bank settlements. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling any attempt to boycott Israel immoral and unjust.

Florida police say an elderly woman trying to back out of a parking space plowed over a group of people killing three. Witnesses say the woman backed up then tried to pull forward, but apparently, still the car in reverse when she hit the gas. That SUV struck seven people before jumping a curb and landing in a canal. Four other people were seriously injured.

More headaches for consumers as a company that manages several major hotel chains is reporting a security breach. The company is called White Lodging and it maintains 168 hotels across 21 states, for the Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, and western franchises. The report has credit and debit card information from thousands of guests may have been exposed. White Lodging says an investigation is ongoing.

A Senate vote on a massive farm bill is expected this week, perhaps, as early as today. The bill passed the house last week with bipartisan support. It cuts roughly $8 billion from the food stamp program and is projected to save some $23 billion of spending over 10 years. Now, if the Senate approves, it goes to the president who is expected to sign it.

All right. Will it be an early spring or a supersized winter? We put to it this fellow. Yes. That's the furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil. He says we're in for a long winter. He saw his shadow Sunday morning at Gobbler's knob in Pennsylvania, signaling six more weeks of cold.

In New York, Staten Island Chuck could not be contained. He wiggled free from Mayor Bill de Blasio. He concurred with Punxsutawney Phil and said we're in for a long winter after he squirmed away. He came back and, you know, said that.


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Did he apologize?

PEREIRA (on-camera): I don't know if he did because he feels that he just wants to roam free.


PEREIRA: I speak for groundhogs.

BOLDUAN: You speak for groundhogs everywhere.


BOLDUAN: Thank you. Let's take a break. Coming up next on NEW DAY, we're going to dig deeper into the stunning death of Oscar-winning actor, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He had a long -- he did suffer a long history of battling with addiction. We're going to talk about that struggle with addiction specialist, Dr. Drew.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: And the big game Super Bowl blow-out. No question about that. But four million bucks for 30 seconds, that's what ads are all about. Who got the biggest buzz? Who actually got value? We're going to take a look.


CUOMO: Welcome back. Overnight, dozens of stars paid tribute to acting icon, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman was found dead in his bathroom Sunday morning. Law enforcement source tell CNN he had a needle in his arm and was surrounded by heroin baggies. Hoffman discussed his struggle with addiction before had recently been back in rehab, but there was an understanding that it was something that was behind him.

Joining us now is Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of HLN "Dr. Drew On- Call.". It's good to have you.

Dr. Drew Pinsky, host, hln's dr drew on-call: Pleasure.

CUOMO: So, there is a temptation in these situations that focus on the life not how you die. I am somewhat ignoring that rule and I know you would do the same because addiction as a disease not as a weakness.


CUOMO: Often has a fatal outcome.

PINSKY: Absolutely.

CUOMO: Must be brought out of the shadows and discussed, otherwise. We are doomed to repeat this --

PINSKY: Chris, I could not have said it better than myself, except I will say one thing, let's do also differentiate the man from his disease.


PINSKY: He had a glorious career. He was a wonderful guy. He was a wonderful father. His kids, can you imagine, and that's the man, this man had a chronic medical problem that is fatal called addiction. It's no different than if he had cancer, and this is -- again, I don't want to diminish the importance of cancer. I, myself, have talked about my own cancer surviving on this particular show.

But the fact is that opiate addiction, heroin addiction is much more likely to be fatal than the vast majority of cancers. And people just can't get that through their heads. CUOMO: Well, listen to us, even on how we qualify it. We want to separate the man from his illness. We don't say that about cancer or leukemia or anything like that. It's understood --


CUOMO: -- that just because you beat it once, God forbid, it may be back. It's a life-long situation of risk. Addiction is no different.


PINSKY: Absolutely. It's a chronic medical condition, and particularly, people who struggle with heroin. There's a couple of circumstances that might have been going on with Philip Seymour Hoffman. One is, he may have been struggling all along. We don't know. What I'm hearing is he had a long period of sobriety and then relapsed.

And that's a rather difficult circumstance to treat. People who really understand their recovery and then relapse later in life. Literally, their addiction takes advantage of all the knowledge about their recovery. They start cutting corners, and oftentimes, they have to work that much harder which they often don't. And that's where it gets really treacherous. Also, he may have had periods of sobriety and took what, otherwise, would have been a normal dose for him and that's too much if you're not tolerant. If you haven't using regularly.

CUOMO: Also you don't know the quality of the stuff that he had --


PINSKY: That's how heroin kills. The extraordinary thing about (INAUDIBLE) of heroin is that these days, people don't typically dive heroin, though, we've certainly seen some cases in the press lately. Pills are what usually take people out. And pills are where people get started, which I'm hearing also is where Philip Seymour Hoffman got going again this time.

CUOMO: So, there are two important things here to bring in many, but two we'll emphasize here. One is that heroin is still a unique danger.

PINSKY: And it's out there and it's big.

CUOMO: Right. And it attacks as an opiate. It's easily made into a smokable or sniffable form --


PINSKY: It's more available than pills and people when they start with pills can't afford it or want a quicker, higher -- cheaper high switch over to heroin.

CUOMO: And it attacks the body uniquely in terms of what it does chemically and psychologically. PINSKY: Right. It's the power of the addiction, potentially. Interestingly, the heroin itself harmless the body. It's how you administer it, the injection that causes the medical consequence and the overdose cause -- stop breathing and off you slip.

CUOMO: One of the new weapons of the evil of addiction is the pill. People think it's safer. A lot of it is prescribed medicine and can be abused. We're hearing about it more and more in the addiction circles. Not getting recognition yet as a killer that it is. True?

PINSKY: Oh, yes. Pharmaceuticals -- in my world, my patients when they die, 99 percent of the time, they're dying of an inadvertent pill overdose by medication prescribed sometimes taken nearly as prescribed by my peers, and it just breaks my heart that that's how that happens now.

CUOMO: Central question here is people are hearing the story and say, well, no, no, 23 years sober.


CUOMO: Not an addict any more. It was past.

PINSKY: Right.

CUOMO: So, we're surprised. We didn't see it. We don't understand. What do you need to know about how addiction works?

PINSKY: What you need to know is that even with sustained long-term sobriety, the way it's talked about in the community of recovering patients is your disease is doing pushups the entire time you're sober. It's waiting, it's lurking the brain disorder and it's lurking there for a moment when it can step in.

And if you start to taper off your participation treatment, it's the same thing as a diabetic who stops taking their insulin. The sugars will climb back up. May get back on that insulin but if you go too long, you end up in the hospital.

CUOMO: Rob Lowe has been sober for over 25 years, I believe, we had him on the show, congratulated him and he quickly stopped me and he said I only have today.

PINSKY: Yes. That's a recovering person. That's how you know you're dealing with somebody really in recovery. They understand the power of their disease.

CUOMO: And we must resist the power -- people will say don't talk about that he died of an addiction. You're embarrassing his family. You're embarrassing -- we have to get past that. Treat it like an illness. If it were cancer, we'd be saying he died of cancer.


CUOMO: And the more we get off the stigma, the better.

PINSKY: I'm going to go home. You don't need me there.


CUOMO: I learned it from you. The idea being a fatal consequence and a disease, because I do believe that this is an opportunity. You know, we've lost somebody who was special and talented.

PINSKY: My friend, the fear I always have is that when somebody dies, that people are going to see this as us taking advantage of the opportunity. We need to talk about this because we don't want more to die. The fact is, as many people will die of opiate addiction and heroin addiction between now and March 1st as died in 9/11. Think about that.

That's the facts. We have 35,000 death as year. It's ridiculous. If it were any other disease, we'd be having PSAs all day long about it. More deaths than the 9/11 incident in the next 30 days.

CUOMO: And also important for us to remember, the same way that this was a talented man who had so much of what life has to offer for us --

PINSKY: It takes the best and brightest. It only takes --


CUOMO: And no family is immune. No person is immune. And once you are addicted, you're just like any other addict.


CUOMO: It doesn't matter where you come from or how much love around you have. And that's why it needs the discussion to get at it before it starts.

PINSKY: Like I said, I'm going home. You just do the PSA.

CUOMO: We've learned the lesson the hard way, but it's a message that bears repeating. Doctor, thank you so much. Thank you for the work you do on the issue.

PINSKY: Appreciate it.

CUOMO: We know we need it and that's what this tragedy speaks to more than anything else, perhaps -- Kate.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Chris.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, breaking news to tell you about. A quadruple murderer escapes from a prison in Michigan. You'll want to hear what police say he did after his escape and also where he could be now.

Plus, we are breaking down those Super Bowl ads. We're going to show you what everyone will be talking about this morning.