Sanjay: “Loutelious [T. J.] Holmes”

T.M.I. for T.J.? On American Morning yesterday, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta may have disclosed a bit too much information for the comfort of his colleague and his patient, AM co-host T.J. Holmes. I.e, Sanjay revealed T.J.’s rather unusual first name.

During a segment on strokes with T.J. and co-anchor Kiran Chetry, Sanjay had T.J. demonstrate for the AM audience the technique F.A.S.T. (an acronym for face, arms, speech, and time) used to evaluate a possible stroke victim.* When Sanjay got to the element speech, he mischievously said, “So, for example, T.J., you’d say your full name, and I’d make sure you’re not slurring your words or anything.” After T.J. responded, “T.J. Holmes,” a smiling Sanjay said, “Loutelious, Loutelious Holmes, right?”

Grinning, T.J. countered, “T.J., T.J. Holmes. Yes.” Cocking his heading in mock concern, Sanjay replied, “I don’t know, T J.” Somewhat chagrined, T.J. answered, “I think I’m okay.” Teasing, Sanjay retorted, “I’m not sure you’re saying you’re real name. I’m a little concerned now. [I need to] check you out when I get up there.” As Sanjay smiled from ear to ear, T.J. laughed heartily. Then, as Kiran tried to the next question, saying, “He’s fine: it’s these other,” Sanjay got in one last puckish prick at T.J., interjecting, “Loutelious!

Subsequently, as the segment concluded, T.J. declared, “I think I have an appointment with you this weekend, Doctor.” Jesting, Sanjay replied, “As usual. Keep it this time.” Subsequently, Kiran turned to T.J. and queried, “He’s your doctor?” Nodding, T.J. affirmed, “He is my doctor.”

Of course, today, T.J. may well be reviewing his medical release agreement with the good doctor.

*American Morning – 01/10/11 (@ 8:16 a.m.)

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