Valerie Bertinelli Freaked Out by Her Pricey Engagement Ring

Tom Vitale and Valerie Bertinelli

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03/09/2011 AT 11:20 AM ET

The pricier the engagement ring, the better – right, ladies?

Not according to Valerie Bertinelli, who says she was taken aback when Tom Vitale presented her with some expensive bling when he popped the question last year.

“It was from Tiffany’s,” the Hot in Cleveland actress says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I said, ‘Why did you spend so much money? Why did you go to Tiffany’s? You should’ve gone someplace else with cheaper jewelry.’ ”

She adds with a laugh: “I don’t know why he married me.”

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