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Eliot Spitzer Blames 'Gremlins' for Hooker Scandal on 'Today Show'

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Somebody should tell Steven Spielberg that Eliot Spitzer is blaming one of Spielberg's movie characters for his attraction to call girls like Ashley Dupre.

Well, kind of.

Spitzer went on the "Today Show" on Monday morning in his first live televised interview since stepping down from the New York governship and blamed "gremlins" for the period in his life when he frequented high-priced call girls.

Steven Spielberg produced the hit "Gremlins" in 1984, a movie about mean little monsters who terrorized a little town.

PHOTOS: Click for pics of Eliot Spitzer's call girl Ashley Dupre.

Spitzer was apparently refering to personal demons that drove his hooker habit while he was governor of New York, with a wife and three daughters left unawares in the governor's mansion

"There are no excuses," he told interviewer Matt Lauer. "I have tried to address these gremlins and confront them. What I did was an egregious violation of trust to my family, to colleagues, to the state, and I paid a price and appropriately so."

Spitzer said that the period of time during which he frequented high-priced prostitutes was "not long in the grand context of my life."

Did he ever get worried about getting caught?

"It crossed my mind," Spitzer said.

Spitzer resigned in disgrace on March 17, 2008, days after it was revealed he had been been caught up in a federal prostitution investigation and had, as "client 9," paid for sex with a young woman named Ashley Dupre.

Not surprisingly, he's thankful to his wife, Silda, and the rest of his family.

"I'm very fortunate guy," he told Lauer. "I have a spectacular wife, [and] three daughters who are wonderful [and] forgiving."

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