One thing bugs Barbara Eden on 50-year 'Jeannie' anniversary

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1 Thing Bugs Barbara Eden on 50-Year 'Jeannie' Anniversary

Barbara Eden joined NBC Thursday morning for the 50th anniversary of "I Dream of Jeannie."

But the iconic show made one mistake in Eden's eyes: Major Nelson marrying Jeannie.

"She wasn't human. ... She thought she was and he knew she wasn't. ... It just ruined the show. ... I think it broke credibility," she explained.

Eden also talked about the famous pink outfit, explaining how NBC executives wouldn't let her show her belly button.

"They became very strict about the navel ... very strict about the pantaloons. They had to be very shadowed so you couldn't see my legs," she said.

Eden says she was perfectly fine with being remembered as Jeannie, despite having a long career both before and after her time on the show.

She says that Jeannie is "easy to live with" and she loves "going to Europe and have people come up to [her] because the show's still on."

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One thing bugs Barbara Eden on 50-year 'Jeannie' anniversary
Barbara Eden seen at backstage at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Actress Barbara Eden poses with a sugar maple sapling as it was about to be hoisted to the top of the new 50-story Americana Hotel in a traditional “Topping Out” ceremony in New York, May 8, 1962. The sugar maple is the official tree of New York State. Steadying the hoist is Claudius C. Phillippe, Vice President of Loew’s Hotels Inc. when finished, the structure in mid-town Manhattan will be the world’s tallest hotel and tallest concrete building. (AP Photo)
Actress Barbara Eden, is shown in this 1965 photo. (AP Photo)
Actress Barbara Eden, starring in NBC’s new TV series “I Dream of Jeanne” pokes fun at a camel she is supposed to ride in the show outside Lancaster in California, May 28, 1965, but Barbara had to have a double ride the camel for her. Miss Eden, the wife of Michael Ansara is expecting a visit from the stork. (AP Photo)
Barbara Eden, star of NBC television network’s on Saturday “I Dream of Jeannie” series, has at least one true-blue fan, her son Matthew, June 21, 1966. Barbara is married to actor Michael Ansara, and Matt is their first offspring. (AP Photo)
Actress Barbara Eden and her husband, actor Michael Ansara, play ping pong in the den, converted from a garage, at their home in Studio City, Calif., May 20, 1966. All the paintings are by Ansara, considered one of the most talented of Hollywood's artists. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
Michael Ansara is shown at home with wife Barbara Eden and their son Matthew, 9 months old, in Studio City, Calif., May 6, 1966. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
Life as a good-natured astronaut, on NBC-TV?s ?I Dream of Jeannie,? is calm compared with ups and downs mostly downs of Larry Hagman?s childhood, youth and early adulthood. After difficult early years Larry, at 35, has a good relationship with his mother, actress Mary Martin, and is very happy with his wife and two children. He is seen here with his co-star, Barbara Eden, on ?Jeannie? on April 6, 1967. Next season Larry plans to write and direct some episodes. (AP Photo)
Head and shoulder shot of Barbara Eden in 1968. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 1969 file photo, Michael Ansara and Barbara Eden were among several Hollywood couples at the Inaugural Ball in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, in Washington. A longtime friend and spokesman for Ansara says the actor died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in California after a long illness. He was 91. (AP Photo)
Actress Barbara Eden, filming “Harper Valley PTA” does a dance step with two elephants that work with her in the show in Los Angeles, Oct. 27, 1977. Scenes call for Barbara to work closely with the elephants throughout the movie, so she spent several days just learning how to control and guide the huge beasts. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)
Barbara Eden, who starred with Larry Hagman in the television series ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ in Los Angeles, Jan. 6, 1981, fixes and shows off the costume of an Arabian princess she’ll be wearing in an upcoming episode of her new series, “Harper Valley PTA.” In the new series, she’ll not longer be playing the role of a genie, but that of a parent. In this episode, she’s masquerading as an oil-rich real estate investor. Series is on NBC. (AP Photo/McLendon)
Barbara Eden, who starred in the TV series “I Dream of Jeannie” will recreate her title role in the NBC movie “I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later,” to air on Sunday, October 20. She is at a Los Angeles restaurant, Oct. 8, 1985. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
“I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden celebrates the moment after being honored in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 1988 with the 1,881st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Barbara Eden poses, Nov. 14, 1990. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Photo by: Russ Einhorn STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 1999 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 12/15/99 Barbara Eden at the premiere of "Anna and the King". (CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Larry King, left, interviews ``I Dream of Jeannie'' star Barbara Eden, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, during a taping of King's show in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The interview focused on the death of Eden's son Matthew Michael Ansara, 35, in June. The interview is to air Jan. 1, 2002. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
Photo by: Walter Weissman STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 5/5/02 Barbara Eden attends the NBC 75th Anniversary. (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2002 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 11/24/02 Barbara Eden at "Norby Walter's" Holiday Gala. (Beverly Hills, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
"I Dream of Jeannie" co-stars Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman pose for photos before signing copies of the newly-released first season DVD of their show Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at a bookstore in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actress Barbara Eden arrives at the premiere of the animated feature film "Up" in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Performers Barbara Eden, left, and Gene Barry stand with Emmy winner Rhea Pearlman, center, after the Emmy awards show in Los Angeles in September 1986. (AP Photo/Pizac)
Actress Barbara Eden poses for a portrait Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Barbara Eden arrives at the premiere of "New Year's Eve" in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actress Barbara Eden arrives at The Saturn Awards at the Castaway Event Center on Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Burbank, Calif. The annual event honors the best in science fiction, fantasy, horror and "genre" films and television shows. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Barbara Eden arrives at Kristin Chenoweth, The Go-Go’s and Pink Martini Inductions Into The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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