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CNN AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN

Interview With Commercial Fiances

Aired February 14, 2003 - 09:43   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

PAULA ZAHN, CNN ANCHOR: Don't look now, but retailers are getting into the reality TV act. The Kohl department store chain is promoting its gift registry with commercials featuring regular guys proposing to their real life girlfriends.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JASON STONE, COMMERCIAL PARTICIPANT: Kelli, I love you with all my heart and all my soul and all my being. And I'm ready to start a new life with you, and that's why I'd like to ask you if you will marry me, and be my wife.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ZAHN: And what did Kelli say? You're going to meet her in a second. Two spots aired nationally just last weekend. The answers in both cases, of course, was...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

ZAHN: Yes. Joining us now are the two happy couples, Jason Stone and his fiancee, Kelli Stanovsky, and Michael Murphy and his fiancee Jill Jones.

Congratulations to you all.

JILL JONES, FIANCEE OF MICHAEL MURPHY: Thank you.

MICHAEL MURPHY, COMMERCIAL PARTICIPANT: Thank you very much.

ZAHN: Could you believe he did this on national TV?

KELLI STANOVSKY, FIANCEE OF JASON STONE: No. Absolutely shocking. Amazing.

ZAHN: Had you planned to get married, have you talked about getting married before?

STONE: Oh, yes. Yes. We -- I was one of those guys that was kind of procrastinating and just couldn't get around to it, so when this opportunity landed in my lap, Wow, what a way to do it.

ZAHN: So, how did it come about? How did you decide that this is how you were going to propose to Kelli?

STONE: Well, I got an e-mail, and at first I didn't know that this was going to be a Kohl's bridal registry commercial. I just knew it was an opportunity to be on national television and do this in a big, big way, and I wanted to surprise her. That was -- most important of all was a big surprise.

ZAHN: Were you surprised?

STANOVSKY: Amazed.

ZAHN: But you can't tell me you saw this for the first time when it was on national TV. You found out about that, right?

STANOVSKY: No. Jason promised me he would never do it on a holiday or any special day to us, and Sunday, he made our Valentine's Day because we had a conflict on the real Valentine's Day. So I thought in the morning -- I thought maybe there is a small chance, and then I said, No. I checked his pockets for the ring. I checked -- I did everything -- what I thought, and I said, No. He was too cool, he was too relaxed, and for him to do it at 7:00 at night, I thought there was no way.

ZAHN: Did you make a lot of dough for doing it this way? I want to see that ring -- oh, that ring is beautiful.

STANOVSKY: Thank you so much.

STONE: I worked very hard for that ring. I did not make a lot of dough for doing this.

ZAHN: You got a gift certificate, basically...

STONE: And a wonderful trip to New York. This is so cool.

ZAHN: Good. Now, Michael, we are going to watch your proposal to Jill right now to see how you pulled that one off.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MURPHY: Jill, you're all I could ask for in a person. You're kind. You're caring. You're loyal. You mean so much to me. I love you with all my heart, and I always will. I would do anything for you. Jill, will you marry me?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

ZAHN: And how long, Jill, did it take for you to say yes?

JONES: Just about a second.

ZAHN: Did you watch it on TV, too?

JONES: Yes. I was with my parents.

ZAHN: You hadn't seen it on a videotape before?

JONES: No.

ZAHN: You saw it for the first time on national television? JONES: Yes. It completely caught me off guard.

ZAHN: What was the reaction?

JONES: Oh, I was -- I have never been so shocked in my life. I couldn't even speak, and I was shaking.

ZAHN: Were you in the room at the time?

MURPHY: I let her parents in on it when I went to ask for her hand, and they were in on it. I knew I couldn't get her in front of the TV unless I had someone else do it. So her parents had her over to their house and had in front of the TV, and after it aired, I was at the porch, and I was listening to it outside, and I rang the doorbell, and she came to the door and I asked her there.

ZAHN: Wow. I can't imagine, if you didn't know this was coming, how either embarrassed you might be that such a private moment was shared so public, did you feel any of that at all, or you were just thrilled to have it happen -- can you hang on one second?

(INTERRUPTED BY BREAKING NEWS)

ZAHN: Sorry for that very rude interruption there. Jason, Kelli, Michael, and Jill. Congratulations to you all.

MURPHY: Thank you.

STONE: Thank you.

JONES: Thank you.

STANOVSKY: Thank you.

ZAHN: Nice of you to spend part of your Valentine's Day with us.

STONE: Happy Valentine's Day to you.

ZAHN: And good luck with the marriages. And maybe -- do you think that will happen on live TV in a TV commercial?

STANOVSKY: It's so surreal. The whole experience has been surreal, so we kind of all said we just want some time to absorb it and enjoy New York and take it in.

ZAHN: I don't blame you. Have a wonderful trip. And good luck to you all. Thanks for spending a little time with us this morning.

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