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ANGRY GIFFORD ATTACKS ANTI-CHILDREN ACCUSATION

Tell Kathie Lee Gifford that she's ugly or that she's not talented. Just don't accuse her of turning her back on children.

A labor activist leveled the charge when he attacked her for using, then dumping, a Honduran company that paid women and children 31 cents an hour to make her signature clothing line for Wal-Mart stores."I started my clothing line to benefit children. Millions of dollars have gone to help children and I truly resent this man impugning my integrity," a livid Gifford said Wednesday on "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee."

Then the usually bubbly entertainer broke into tears.

"You can say I'm ugly, you can say I'm not talented, but when you say that I don't care about children . . . How dare you?" she said.

Charles Kernaghan, director of the National Labor Committee, an activist group, testified Monday before a congressional committee that women and children at the Global Fashion Plant in Choloma, Honduras, were sewing garments for the Kathie Lee Gifford Collection.

Kernaghan said the employees worked 20-hour days in "deplorable conditions."

Gifford said she severed her ties with the factory after finding out about the conditions.