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Snooki tells David Letterman she doesn't have a drinking 'problem'

Snooki is a laid-back girl, not the "drunken meatball" you think she is, according to the story she told David Letterman on Thursday night.

Oh, how she's been misunderstood.

The self-proclaimed "guidette" shot to fame because of MTV's "Jersey Shore" and stopped by "The Late Show" for the second time this year to plug ... well, herself, as our sister blog Show Tracker reports.

Snooks, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, sat through a series of awkward questions wearing what we can only assume are battery-operated light-up stilettos. Speaking of unusual footwear, Letterman donned her Snooki slippers, which the 23-year-old will use to promote her brand in her "Shore" afterlife. But we digress....

Letterman took jabs at the show, which has already aired several episodes of its third season, including Snooki getting arrested on the beach for being drunk in public and a nuisance. So, the prickly host asked her whether she had a drinking problem.Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi with her book 'A Shore Thing'

"Do you think, uh, um, maybe you need to abstain?" Letterman asked. 

"I definitely don't think I have a problem. I mean, when we're not filming I hardly go out. I hardly drink. It's just, you know, it's summer. It's time to enjoy yourself," she said.

"People don't understand who I really am ... they see me as this party animal or whatever. I'm not like that all the time... I'm just a laid-back girl that'd rather stay in and watch movies at night than go to a ... club."

So, Letterman asked why the other impression?

"Well, you're at the shore, obviously you want to go out," she said.

We wonder if her new book "A Shore Thing" has the same air of confusion. The book has become an extended New York Times bestseller. We don't know how or why. But if you still haven't bought it, here are 10 reasons why you should (or shouldn't).


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-- Nardine Saad

Photo: Reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi poses with her book in New York. Credit: Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Bryant Gumbel reveals he's been treated for lung cancer

Gumbels Bryant Gumbel revealed today on "Live With Regis and Kelly" that he has been diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer, having undergone surgery two months ago.

"They took a malignant tumor, and they took part of my lung, and they took some other goodies," he told co-host Kelly Ripa, "and the pathology on most of the stuff came back benign, but enough aggressive cells had escaped the tumor that it warranted some treatment, and I went through that, and it's done now."

He said he even kept the news from his "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" staff and emphasized that he hopes -- hopes -- that it's over and done now. 

Gumbel has been filling in for Regis Philbin, who had hip surgery Dec. 1.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bryant Gumbel and his wife, Hillary, in New York last month. Credit: Mark Von Holden / Getty Images for Dimension Films.

For more Ministry dispatches on celebrities who are ill or recovering, click here. 

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