Rachael Ray defends FHM shoot

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Rachael Ray‘s mom was enraged when she posed for the October 2003 issue of FHM magazine, but the 40-year-old talk show host has no regrets.

“I think I was 35 at the time,” she tells “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden in an interview airing tonight. “And I thought about it for a while, and I said, ‘You know what? This magazine has as young as 17-, 18-year-olds in hottie bikinis, and these are all actresses, models, pin-up girls. I don’t belong to any even remote club of theirs.’”

“And I thought, ‘If I’m gutsy enough to do this, this is a good thing for everybody. This is the everywoman, here she is,'” she adds. “And I did it, and it was the most scared I’ve ever been, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’d do it again tomorrow.”

In the interview, Rachael also talks about the origin of her famous phrase “EVOO,” defends her endorsement deal with Dunkin’ Donuts, and explains that she is “not a chef.”

Watch the video here.