US TV show exposes Durie's stripper past

Americans got a look at more than Jamie Durie's green thumb when TV gossip show Entertainment Tonight aired raunchy footage of his former career as a stripper.

In Australia it's no secret Durie was one of the stars of beefcake troupe, ManPower, but in the US it's not so well known.

Americans know Durie as Oprah Winfrey's gardening guy and the new host of the PBS gardening show, The Victory Garden.

"Oprah Winfrey introduced him to the world, now we show you what he was doing before he met Lady O," ET host Mary Hart told millions of American viewers.

ET unearthed interviews it did with a long-haired Durie in the mid-1990s when he was performing with ManPower in the US.

Footage of Durie, dancing on stage in skimpy white underpants, accompanied the story.

"Oh yeah, he may expose garden tips today, but we knew the Australian hunk way back when ... back when he was exposing his tanned and ripped bod as exotic dancer with a group of Aussies called ManPower," Hart said.

Winfrey gave Durie the ultimate US launching pad last year when she introduced the 37-year-old to her audience.

There was no mention of his ManPower days on Winfrey's show and in a recent interview with a Boston newspaper to promote The Victory Garden, Durie managed to tiptoe around it.

"I was in cabaret as a dancer," Durie, responding to a question about his former "show business" career, said.

from: au.news.yahoo.com

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