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If a rose by any other name is still a rose, then is Mr. T without his miles of gold chains still Mr. T?

The AP reports that Mr. T, star of “The A-team,” Rocky movies and his own eponymously named Saturday morning cartoon, is saying bye-bye to the bling after experiencing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

“As a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate,” the AP quotes the actor as saying at the Television Critics Association’s summer meeting.

“I saw some, I call it ‘sorry celebrities.’ They’ll go down there [New Orleans] and hook up with the people to take a photo-op. I said, ‘How disgusting.’ If you’re not going to go down there with a check and a hammer and a nail to help the people, don’t go down there.”

And that’s the kind of unvarnished opinion that the former Lawrence Tero will bestow upon viewers of his new advice show “I Pity the Fool,” premiering on TV Land in October.

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