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Updated Feb 16, 2011 5:03 PM ET

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick has canceled his planned appearance for Wednesday on the Oprah Winfrey show, CNBC.com reported.

The interview had been scheduled to air on Feb. 24. No reason was given for the cancellation.

Vick, 30, was supposed to discuss his history in dog fighting as well as his upbringing and NFL career. Vick has appeared on local radio and television in recent weeks to discuss his future.

The veteran signal caller has made it clear that he wants to return to the team next season. The Eagles used their one-year exclusive franchise tag designation for Vick on Tuesday.

Oprah Winfrey had to pull out of a bet with fellow talk show host Piers Morgan to land her interview with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, showbiz news agency WENN reported Tuesday.

But in order to land the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year, Vick's agent told both the TV personalities the quarterback did not want to be associated with gambling and that they would have to withdraw their friendly bet that Winfrey would land the interview first.

Morgan enticed Winfrey into the £200 (US$320) wager when she was a guest on his first show on CNN.

On Tuesday, Morgan said the bet no longer stood.

"I feel absolutely gutted ... although I haven't technically lost," the Brit said.

"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.'"

Morgan said Winfrey, "quick as lightning," went on Twitter and posted: "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," Morgan said.

"You shouldn't pick a fight with Oprah Winfrey, right?"

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