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Video: Kathie Lee, Hoda tackle Abercrombie’s sticky ‘Situation’

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    >>> "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb . live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza .

    >> hello, everybody. it's wines day wednesday, august 17th . hope you're having a great day. i have to say a little birthday shoutout, not just yours and mine, but andy medina who lives at our house and the gentleman who brings me all of those jokes, the friday funnies, he's 85 today.

    >> it never ended.

    >> we went to lunch after, me, you, frank, christine and taem. we twont milos, and oh, i forgot my $2 bill . there was a nice guy who gave you and frankie a $2 bill .

    >> he was a sweet, sweet man who apparently has money to burn. when you look at the $2 bill , don't you feel like it's not real?

    >> like monopoly.

    >> it doesn't look real.

    >> by the way, our facebook page is full of love.

    >> thank you.

    >> i mean, so many great --

    >> there we were.

    >> look at you two.

    >> know.

    >> the thing is everybody makes a big fuss and everybody is so sweet and you appreciate it so much, but at the same time it's, like, come on.

    >> yeah. yeah. yeah.

    >> at the end of the day i felt bad about that and i was pooh-poohing it, as long as you have a breath you have purpose and be grateful for every year god gives you. especially frank. we said it this morning on the deck. we're alive, we're healthy. blood is flowing through the veins.

    >> i agree. i agree. we have a controversy to talk about. abercrombie & fitch is having a situation.

    >> really.

    >> here's the deal. the situation has been wearing from " jersey shore " has been wearing their clothes and abercrombie & fitch said they don't want him to wear their clothes anymore. they say they will pay him. make a substantial.

    >> substantial.

    >> for him and his posse to please stop wearing their brand on the air. okay?

    >> they wear the sweat pants.

    >> but they said it's tarnishing their image.

    >> we are deeply concerned with the association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. we understand the show is for entertainment purposes, but -- this is the funny part of it to me, with the aspirational nature of our brand and may be distressing to many of our fans. and they urge the other cast members to do the same. i want to get paid to not do something.

    >> have you ever walked by a abercrombie & fitch store and you're with a young child and you ask them to close their eyes because their ads are all like this.

    >> yes!

    >> yes!

    >> their image did is going to be ruined by the jersey shore .

    >> that's all the jersey shore people do. they're in sync. tanning and laundering.

    >> this is the place where they have the push-up bikinis for girls that are 7.

    >> we protest it too much, but we also think it's very funny and probably very smart. what i didn't show you yesterday.

    >> yeah.

    >> you know there's an issue when you get two separate birthday cards from two separate friends and it's the exact same card.

    >> this is a guy named bill whitehead.

    >> can you get a close-up. can you read it, hoda.

    >> excuse me, you dropped something.

    >> yes, it's the running theme. see what she dropped?

    >> that's it.

    >> dropped almost everything and have a happy birthday . i thought it was funny. you can't win them all.

    >> there's a sad story in the reality tv world. if you guys are fans of "the house wives of beverly hills " you know taylor armstrong's husband was found dead. he was found hanging in their house and the cops came after and there was a 911 call. if you're a fan of the show you sort of know, you would have watched their dynamic. if you don't know the show --

    >> which was dissolving pretty quickly.

    >> it was dissolving on air.

    >> let's watch a little clip of how she describes her relationship.

    >> we're working on things. we're knee-deep into so much psycho therapy that i'm sick of myself.

    >> my husband is in therapy and that's weak? i don't know. that hurt my feelings really bad.

    >> i don't blame you.

    >> that wasn't nice and i don't care, because i'm trying to keep my family together.

    >> he committed suicide and they had just -- she had just filed --

    >> they'd just filed for divorce. she had just filed for divorce last month.

    >> it's hard to get people to explain what they think may be ng. his attorney was on the air earlier today and somehow said that there was a reality tv component to his apparent suicide . i mean, basically saying he was trying to pump so much money into their house to keep up this image that it was stressful, this tv image.

    >> it's just hard to know what the truth is because they call it reality television . we talked about this an awful lot, but so much of it is set-up situations. i can't say which are and which aren't. so obviously the man was deeply troubled if he indeed committed suicide . they have not found a suicide and that doesn't mean one doesn't exist. an autopsy will be done tomorrow.

    >> it's tragic all around. they have a 5-year-old little girl . i don't like seeing the kids in these shows anyway, when they're that age especially before they have a chance to have a childhood.

    >> it's big news on the front page in new york.

    >> it's the most successful of the franchise, right?

    >> yeah.

    >> this is something hoda's done a lot, and i know you have, too.

    >> let's pretend here comes that person who gets on your last nerve and you can see them approaching and you don't know what to do because you're trapped and here they come.

    >> so i'm coming up to you.

    >> exactly. and then i gingerly reach for my cell phone . hello? nobody's on the line, but it's something to do to distract me from incoming. do you do things like that just to get away? faking a cell phone call. one in eight people do this.

    >> one in eight people are liars and cheaters.

    >> okay. someone's approaching you and you know it's going to be a long conversation and trouble.

    >> yeah.

    >> what do you do to get out of it?

    >> i just tell the truth. i'm rung because i always am. what's up? and you let them than you're stuck for time and you can leave because i'm always stuck for time. you know that.

    >> you always are.

    >> i'm never saying i'm going home to take a nap. that doesn't happen.

    >> i'm on a plane and i'm sitting next to a chatter box and i'm thinking to myself, oh, my gosh, the whole flight this, guy will be talking nonstop so i reach for the airplane headphones and i plug them into the arm thing and i put them in and there's no music because the plane hasn't started, but i'm pretending like this so the guy starts looking for his headphone headphones and i look over and he reaches around and he plugs his in and nothing's working and he's doing the volume.

    >> now you're getting nervous.

    >> and i'm still pretending. well, he calls the flight attendant and she says the system is not turned on yet, and i am so busted that i don't know what to do that i keep -- i'm, like, mine's on. i was so red handed .

    >> do you have an inner rhythm, hodi, you dance to your own drummer, baby.

    >> am the worst at getting bust busted.

    >> why?

    >> i couldn't take it. you can't be impolite and you're stuck for hours and hours next to him. anyway on.

    >> did he ever say a word to you?

    >> i kept them plugged in and i hardly went to the bathroom. i guess i better just sit here. i felt bad for my lie.

    >> you feel like you're very happily in a dynamic, exciting relationship. it wasn't that way in the beginning. you didn't have a great first date.

    >> well, he thought he we did. i didn't think so, but it got progressively better.

    >> new survey, well, these things happen. one in five men compared to half as many women say for them it was love at first sight .

    >> when do you know it's the right guy? how many dates did it take to know it was the right person for you? it took for sure, for sure, four months to know for sure. they say men know in three dates.

    >> men are so visual. it's all about the on.

    >> the chemistry.

    >> yeah. yeah. yeah.

    >> women say they knew in six dates if he was the right one for them. that seems quick. what about for you and frank?

    >> we were friends for four years before we went on a date. four years to really know. look at you, two.

    >> and your bra strap, the three of you.

    >> i think you have to go through a cycle of a year. you like the four seasons rule, and i think it's smart, hoda, because you think things through sometimes. you go through four seasons with somebody to see them in the ups and downs in life with the ebb and flow.

    >> you have a job and lose a job and see them on the worst and best day.

    >> think you judge everything in the first six dates you're doomed.

    >> it's all physical about that.

    >> and then you have the hot thing happening that hodi still has.

    >> i like it!

    >> would you be happy if this happens?

    >> in canada, colleen lippord thought she was going to her friend's engagement party .

    >> not only did he propose to her on the spot. that moment was also their wedding day. watch this thing.

    >> will you marry me?

    >> right now? [ bleep ].

    >> is she happy? i don't know.

    >> look, if someone proposed to me and everybody was -- i -- who wants that, really? it looks joyous there. apparently colleen's happy.

    >> he had asked her all along for, like a year.

    >> what kind of a dress would you want? what's the shoes you would want? and they're in the wedding party ? what music would you want?

    >> who is doing that? i don't know one single guy who would ever be able to plan a wedding with the shoes and the bridesmaids dresses.

    >> what do you think?

    >> i know a few who could. let's just hope it lasts, okay? we wish them a lot of happiness because after 25 years everything drops and you start dragging it around on the street. you better love what's inside of her. you better like somebody. you better like them because you'll be dragging it along for a long time.

    >> here's the question. would you -- would you wednesday, there's joanne. if you were walking and someone was behind you and your tag was sticking out would you want someone to tell you, hey, by the way, your tag's sticking out on the back.

    >> i would so appreciate that. i have done that so many times for people.

    >> joanne took this picture of someone walking down the street.

    >> that's rude to take her picture and show it on national television. to walk up to someone and say your tag. that is so nice. i met brooke shields and she said i'm sorry, but your label's showing on your back. she was 15 years old. what about spinach in your teeth.

    >> i don't care.

    >> what if it says your size.

    >> it depends on the day and the article of clothing.

    >> one time, i have to be honest. one time there was a woman in los angeles , and i did not care for her. you know what i mean ? she was not my favorite person and we were in the ladies room together and that was back when everyone wore pantyhose and we were both in the stall and it was a black tie event and she was finished in the stall and walked out and her entire skirt was tucked in her pantyhose and on.

    >> what happened?

    >> and there was also toilet paper. we're standing there getting the hands washed and i'm thinking --

    >> did you tell her?

    >> i so wanted to let her go out, and i didn't. i said oh, by the way, you you've got -- oh, my gosh, isn't that awful?

    >> your such a nice person.

    >> there is a place in hell for people that do that.

    >> indeed.

Photos: 'The Jersey Shore' gets around

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  1. Friends forever

    MTV's “Snooki & JWOWW” follows "Jersey Shore" BFFs Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley as they start a new chapter in their lives. Snooki is pregnant and Jenni is getting serious in her romance. (MTV) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Mom to be

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi visits the Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on June 20, 2012 in New York. The reality TV star is pregnant with her first child. (D Dipasupil / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Muscle beach

    Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino films scenes for the fifth season of "Jersey Shore" in Seaside Heights, N.J., on June 5, 2012. The reality TV star recently completed an in-patient treatment program for prescription medication addiction. (PacificCoastNews.com) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Devils made them do it

    Cardboard cut-outs of the cast members of "Jersey Shore" are displayed behind the bench of the New Jersey Devils during a 2012 Stanley Cup Final game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 4. (Bruce Bennett / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Now that's Italian

    The cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore," from left, Sammi "Sweetheart" Gianicola, Deena Nicole Cortese, Ronnie Ortiz Magro, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenny "JWoww" Farley and Vinny Guadagnino at Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence, Italy, on May 19, 2011. The cast is on location in Florence filming the fourth season. (Elisabetta Villa / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Taking it to the streets

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, left, and Nicole "Deena" Cortese walk along Via dei Calzaiuoli in Florence, Italy, on Monday May 23, 2011. (Francesco Bellini / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Down the 'Shore'

    The season two cast of "Jersey Shore." The MTV reality show was a surprise hit in 2009, sent its cast to Florida for a second season, then back to Jersey for a third. (MTV) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Wowing them

    Jenni "JWoww" Farley of "Jersey Shore" and boyfriend Roger Matthews visit The Foundation Room in Showboat Atlantic City on Saturday March 26, 2011 in Atlantic City N.J. (Tom Briglia / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. I've got your back

    Sammi Giancola and Ronnie Ortiz-Magro struck up a relationship in the third episode of the show's first season. (MTV) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Snooki as author

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, perhaps the most famous member of the cast, released a novel, "A Shore Thing," in 2011. Despite being heavily promoted with numerous appearances by Polizzi on national television, it reportedly did not sell well. But Snooki had the last laugh on literature: She reportedly earned $32,000 to speak at Rutgers University, $2,000 more than the school paid Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison. (Bobby Bank / WireImage) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Happy Valentine's Day...

    Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is arraigned before Superior Court Judge Stephanie Wauters on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Toms River, N.J. Ortiz-Magro pled not guilty to an aggravated assault charge. (Tim Mccarthy / The Asbury Park Press via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Treat your feet

    Polizzi promotes her Snooki Slippers line at the MAGIC clothing industry convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 in Las Vegas. She says the leopard-print ones are her favorites. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Jersey style

    Cast member Vinny Guadagnino and fashion designer Richie Rich attend Guadagnino's IHAV clothing line launch party at Greenhouse on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 in New York. (Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Which one's Goofy?

    Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio poses with Goofy in the Magic Kingdom on Friday, Oct. 22, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Delvecchio was at the theme park to announce his involvement as a DJ for "Disney Grad Nite 2011," a private, after-hours party at the Magic Kingdom in April and May 2011 for high school seniors from across the country. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Life's a beach

    The second-season cast soaked up the sun down in Miami, Florida. (MTV via AP file) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Not-so-fancy footwork

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino participated in season 11 of "Dancing With the Stars." He was paired with pro partner Karina Smirnoff, but was eliminated after four weeks of competition. (Adam Larkey / ABC via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Rising stock

    Mike "The Situation Sorrentino," Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Pauly Delvecchio, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Vinny Guadagnino and Jenni "JWoww" Farley participated in the opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange on July 27, 2010 (Richard Drew / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Out for a 'Late Show'

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and her signature "poof" hairstyle appeared as a guest on "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Sept. 21, 2010, where she later shared a fist pump with the host. (John Paul Filo / CBS via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A stand-up routine

    The cast appeared at the Television Critics Association on Aug. 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, Calif. to promote the second season of their MTV hit. The gang remained on their feet throughout the entire presentation because, as MTV President of Programming Tony DiSanto explained, the girls were wearing short skirts and he feared wardrobe malfunctions. (Mark Davis / PictureGroup via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Admirable body of work

    Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is perhaps most famous for his abs, which he likes to show off every chance he gets. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Hot-tub hijinks

    The MTV Video Music Awards poked fun at the hit show on Sept. 12, 2010 when it had host Chelsea Handler joining the "Shore" gang in one of their favorite spots for hookups -- a hot tub -- and emerging very pregnant. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Big trouble for little Snooki

    "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi landed herself in big trouble in late July 2010 while partying in Seaside Heights, N.J. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and creating a public nuisance, and was later sentenced to complete two days of community service. (Mel Evans / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Get in the ring

    Jenni "JWOWW" Farley, left, appeared on Spike TV's "TNA Impact" wrestling program on Oct. 11, 2010, where she faced off against a Snooki lookalike. The "Jersey Shore" star earned a reported $15,000 for her appearance. (Gerardo Mora / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. MTV's darlings

    The Situation, DJ Pauly D, Snooki and JWOWW -- "Jersey Shore's" biggest stars -- all made an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards on Sept. 12, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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