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NEWS LITE INGELS AND HIS `DATE' GET STIFF RECEPTION.

Byline: BRENT HOPKINS Staff Writer

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was not amused by Marty Ingels' Emmy Awards night stunt.

Ingels didn't even make it to the red carpet Sunday with his date -- a $400, 5-foot-5 cardboard cutout of his wife, actress Shirley Jones, a nominee who was off in Australia filming.

``I get out of the car, I try to hold up the thing, but there's no press anywhere,'' Ingels fumed Monday during a breathless phone interview.

``A man comes up to me, very well-dressed, and he asks me, `Are you Mr. Ingels?' He says, `I knew you were going to bring this and you cannot bring this inside.'''

Ingels, a provocateur comedian and litigious Encino resident, did not stand for this affront. With his 6-foot-7, 310-pound bodyguard, an alleged ex-Green Beret at the ready, Ingels demanded he and his wife, nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the TV movie ``Hidden Places,'' be allowed in.

Several conversations later, they let him in, sans Shirley. She was checked at the door and spent the show stuck in a closet.

In what he says added injury to insult, Ingels was charged $1,100 for tickets, stuck in the cheap seats in the Shrine Auditorium and wasn't even allowed to collect Jones' nominee's basket of goodies.

``This would have been the hit of the red carpet, a husband walking on with this gorgeous picture of Shirley.''

An academy spokeswoman declined to comment or speak on the record about the entire affair, other than expressing in an extremely exasperated tone that Ingels had been allowed into the show.

Ingels plans to take the cardboard Shirley out in public whenever he needs company, but he's worried about what happens when the real-life Shirley comes home.

``If my wife were here, she'd disembowel me first, then she'll divorce a disemboweled man. I have a feeling that when she comes back to town and finds out about this, I'm going to be spending a lot more time with the cutout.''

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(1 -- 2 -- color) Comedian Marty Ingels, gesturing toward a cutout of his wife, actress Shirley Jones, is confronted by Academy of Television Arts and Sciences officials Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium before the Emmy Awards ceremony.
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