His wife, actress Ali Wentworth, disguised herself as Diane Sawyer. After faking a few lines in character, she threw off a wig and stripped down to a leopard print shirt. She proceeded to gyrate suggestively and crawl across the news desk shouting "I love you, I shaved my legs and made you a steak. Happy birthday baby!"
The brief striptease succeeded in getting George to blush, winning some affectionate notes from bloggers:
- Colby Hall at Mediaite writes: "To George’s credit, he played off of this somewhat odd and staged moment very well, though it did appear to be a complete surprise to him. And to Wentworth’s credit – she really went for it! It was not just a delightful insight into their marital dynamic, but a refreshing example of known personality playing the fool in the name of good, goofy fun. It appears that neither George nor Ali take themselves too seriously."
- Ann Oldenburg at USA today asks, "Did you see George Stephanopoulos turn bright red?"
- Mattie writes: "If it was meant to embarrass him – she succeeded. His face was beet red and he couldn’t stop laughing in a nervous what is she going to do next way."