'GMA' yanks nude fashion segment
"Good Morning America" viewers just missed catching a nude fashion show with their morning coffee on Wednesday. At the last minute, "Good Morning America" producers yanked a live segment that was to feature a pair of naked models adorned in nothing but painted-on bikinis. The faux bathing suits were the work of body-paint artist Filippo Ioco, who had been flown in from Puerto Rico the night before and set to work painting his models at 1:00 a.m. Ioco told the Washington Post that he was informed his live segment would be cut just a half-hour before he was to go on. "Good Morning America" still ran a short taped segment about Ioco. Producers expressed concerns during a morning meeting that it was clear that the models were in fact wearing paint, not clothing, and the decision was made to skip the live bit. Ioco is reported as saying that he was told "Good Morning America" cut the segment because "some senator did something in Washington" that demanded the show�s attention.

June 1, 2001 � 2001 Media Life