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NAMES IN THE NEWS : Scott Horses Around With Gumbel

<i> From Times wire services </i>

In his first on-air meeting with Bryant Gumbel since the release of Gumbel’s memo criticizing his “Today” show colleagues, weatherman Willard Scott today kissed Gumbel on the cheek, then got off a retaliatory shot.

Scott, plugging Purina pet foods, told Gumbel that Purina “makes all kinds of food for animals. They make goat food, they make horse food.”

“They make it for the complete horse, so you wouldn’t be interested,” Scott added.

Gumbel looked slightly chagrined, and Scott added, laughing, “I had to do something.”

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