A soul-patched (to which we say, feh) Tom Colicchio appeared with noted eater Al Roker on this morning's Today show to make crudo (sans spicy popcorn; sorry, Sam), and to discuss, ever so briefly and lightly, the "wrestling" (Al's word) that went on in last week's episode.
Here, then, is our transcript of the 30 seconds or so it took for Tom 'n' Al to discuss this:
Tom Colicchio: Last episode, things got a little out of hand, and they were drinking quite a bit. They said they were going to shave their heads. They asked for a handheld camcorder, and they actually filmed themselves. There was no crew around, no production around at the time they did this, and it got a little out of hand. And Cliff kind of manhandled Sam there [sic]. As you can see, Cliff’s a much bigger guy.
Al Roker: Yeah. And you got a lot of email about this.
TC: We did. People were really upset, but you know, our feeling was that this happened--
TC: This wasn’t …you know, how can you have two contestants show up with shaved heads and I mean they’re trying to look like us [pause for laughter that never really came], but shaved heads, and Cliff’s gone, and not explain this. So I think we had to show it, and some people were upset that it was kind of violent, but this happened.
You can watch the full video (and the crudo demonstration!) at www.today.msnbc.com.