TRAVOLTA BARES HIS ASSETS FOR MTV AWARDS

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"Swordfish" star John Travolta thought someone was pulling his leg when he got his script for the MTV Awards! The teenybopper network wanted him to greet the audience like this: "HEY, BITCHES AND A--HOLES!" MTV told John it was no joke -- they wanted him to say exactly that when he walked onstage as a presenter. John refused -- and came up instead with the hilarious sight gag that millions saw on the show: lifting his shirt in mimicry of co-star Halle Berry's debut breast-baring!