Shirtless bro of 909 'took a shot seen round the world'

Clay Narey. David Allen/Daily Bulletin

The guy with no shirt on who asked out reporter Courtney Friel while both were live on the KTLA air last week is a new Inland Empire celebrity. Columnist David Allen got hold of Clay Narey, 30, and learned he's a recently divorced former Marine with a Purple Heart. The approach to Friel while she was covering the Etiwanda Fire in his Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood was all in fun.

From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin column:

“I thought my friends and I would find it funny, and it would be a stupid thing. Which it was,” Narey told me Monday. “It just blew up insane, dude, you know what I mean?”

As for his TV moment, he said much of the online commentary has been kinder than he’d have thought. Wish fulfillment, he said, might be one reason.

“Everybody wishes they could just go talk to every pretty girl they see, you know? They wish they had the courage,” Narey said. “There’s that thing Shakespeare said, ‘Cowards die many times before their deaths, but the brave die only once.’”

Shirtless Bro is quoting the Bard? Clearly clotheslessness does not make the man.

Friel has been having some Twitter fun with the whole thing after first seeming surprised anyone noticed. She even nominated herself to go on David Letterman. Friel, by the way, is married to CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.

Previously on LA Observed:
Shirtless man discovers TV reporters are hot, asks for a date

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