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I wanna hold your leg..; LARRY KING, HEATHER McCARTNEY, HER ARTIFICIAL LEG AND THE WEIRDEST TV INTERVIEW EVER SEEN.

Byline: RICHARD WALLACE, US Editor, in New York

IT was one of the most bizarre TV interviews ever - even by American standards.

Millions of viewers across the States were stunned as Heather Mills McCartney took off her false leg during a live chat show.

And it got even more weird as the show's veteran host Larry King took it from her and started to stroke it, saying: "It sure feels like a leg."

Heather, wife of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, joked: "Paul's going to be upset you're touching my leg, Larry."

The extraordinary exchange went on:

KING: Now this is a great toe.

HEATHER: Yes - it's beautiful, isn't it?

KING: This is a beaut.

HEATHER: I'm going to try and make them available in America because they look completely real. And that's what gave me the confidence. If you wear short skirts you get your femininity back.

KING: And do they try to match your leg?

HEATHER: They match it exactly, yes. They asked me did I want any varicose veins. I said, "Are you kidding?" I said, "All the women are getting surgery to take them out." KING: You're a gutsy broad, Heather.

HEATHER: Thank you.

Model Heather, 37, who lost her leg in a road accident involving a motorbike policeman in 1993, had taken off the prosthetic limb to show King how it fitted. She was appearing as his special guest to promote her autobiography, A Single Step. And she denied reports that she had fallen out with Paul's children.

"I get along with the kids great," she said. "I get along with the eldest, Heather, the most.

"We speak every day and we're very, very close. She calls me The Angel."

Heather also inadvertently revealed that living with Liverpudlian Macca is clearly starting to rub off.

Throughout the interview she spoke with a strange semi-Scouse accent.

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KNEESY DOES IT: Chat show host Larry King holds Heather's artificial limb as she explains how it fits into place. "Paul is going to be upset you're touching my leg," she joked; TV LEG-END: Larry shows it off to the viewers; FOOTNOTE: It's custom-made, says Heather; TOE-TALLY REALISTIC: Varnished nails; HAPPY: Paul & Heather
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2002
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