Mr. T puts away gold

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Mr. T pities the folks who suffered through Hurricane Katrina, and he's removed his jewelry to prove it.

The former A-Team star, whose real name is Laurence Tureaud, has decided to eschew his normal gold necklaces and adornments after returning from the Gulf Coast and seeing how the victims of last year's hurricane were still suffering. Speaking at the Television Critics Association's summer gathering in Pasadena, California, the actor cited his spirituality as a reason for his decision to abandon his bling.

"As a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again, because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate," the actor told the The Associated Press.

Mr. T also had some harsh words for other Hollywood types who attempt to milk the tragedy for their own gain.

"I saw some, I call it 'sorry celebrities.' They'll go down there and hook up with the people to take a photo-op. I said, 'How disgusting.' If you're not going to go down there with a check and a hammer and a nail to help the people, don't go down there," he added.

Mr. T will be seen in October on TV Land in the show I Pity the Fool. The call-in show features Mr. T giving Dr. Phil-like advice to troubled people.

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