Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “In fact, it was so hot, Paris Hilton was rubbing ice cubes on her chest, even when the guards weren’t watching. … Hey, did you hear about this? Yesterday, Paris Hilton called Ryan Seacrest’s radio show from jail. And there was talk about how lonely it was without a guy and without a guy to hang on to. I don’t know what Paris talked about, but I know that’s. She was talking about something else. … Well, according to Us Weekly, Paris Hilton does not read the books in the jail library. You know why? Because they’re books. … I guess you heard. Did you hear about this? NBC was going to give Paris Hilton $1 million for an interview. NBC now denying they ever offered Paris Hilton $1 million for an interview. NBC is also denying they have had shows called ‘Joey’, ‘The Black Donnellys’ and ‘The Real Wedding Crashers’. I guess after you talk to Ryan for free, why would you pay $1 million? … No, actually, the deal fell through when NBC told her she would have to pick the $1 million from 1 of 24 different suitcases. You know, that’s not a a bad idea for a game show. … You know why I think NBC pulled out? You know the real reason they pulled out? Have you seen our ratings? We’re in fourth place. We don’t have $1 million. … Well, NBC told ‘Access Hollywood’ this week that he had made a offer to Paris Hilton to pose naked in Playboy magazine, huh? Hugh Hefner, ooh, posing naked in Playboy, yeah. That would be a coup, huh? Naked pictures of Paris Hilton, ooh.”
Paris Hilton Won’t Get $1 Million For ‘Today’ Interview
June 22, 2007 – After reporting news that NBC had pulled the plug on a $1 million interview with Paris on ‘Today’ after the heiress gets released next week, Allison Gollust, Senior VP of NBC News Communications, told TMZ, “There’s nothing to pull the plug on because we never committed to this.” But TMZ claim they know a producer was already assigned to the interview, and that according to multiple sources, camera people and associate producers were told to be ready. Read more.
Hilton’s Reported $1 Million Interview Alarms Journalist Ethicists, Rankles NBC
June 22, 2007 – A spokesman for Paris Hilton issued the following statement on Thursday (June 21): “Contrary to media reports, Paris Hilton is not being paid for any television interview. Nor is Paris being paid for any collateral, including video and photographs related to any television interview.” The response stemmed from reports in The New York Post that the heiress would be paid $1 million for an interview with ‘Today’ co-host Meredith Vieira and a subsequent from from the Los Angeles Times claiming the money would be obtained from “a license fee for the use of personal video and images of the 26-year-old.”
Paris Hilton Says Jail Has ‘Changed My Life Forever’
June 21, 2007 – Paris spoke with E! News’s Ryan Seacrest in a phone conversation from Century Regional Correctional Facility, where the heiress said she plans to use her celebrity for good – and doesn’t want to be the object of ridicule anymore. “You know my gratitude has gone up so much and I just realize that the media used me to make fun of and be mean about it,” she tells Seacrest. “Frankly [I’m] sick of it and I want to use my fame in a good way.” The full story at eonline.com has since been removed.
Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Says We Can Learn From Paris Hilton Case
June 21, 2007 – TVGuide.com caught up with Greta Van Susteren for a Q&A and asked the ‘On The Record’ host if she thought covering Paris’ legal drama serves a greater purpose. “I think driving under the influence is extremely serious, but I think people ought to know that people should be treated fairly,” Greta responded. “Look at charities: When charities want to get money, they go out and get a high-profile person to sort of spearhead it. If that’s the way to draw people’s attention to very important issues, well, so be it.” The full story at tvguide.com has since been removed.
$1 Million Payday For Paris Hilton’s First Post Pokey Interview?
June 21, 2007 – The New York Post hears that NBC has agreed to pay as much as $1 million for Paris’ first after-jail interview, which will appear on the ‘Today’ show the day after the heiress’ expected release some time next week. ABC execs were hoping that Barbara Walters, who is friends with Paris’ mother Kathy, would have been able to secure the coveted interview. Read more.
Fan Letters Help Paris Hilton Cope Behind Bars
June 20, 2007 – A Paris source tells UsMagazine.com letters from fans are the only thing saving the heiress from terminal boredom at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood. “I don’t know what she’d do without all the fan letters,” said the insider. The full story at usmagazine.com has since been removed.
Neighbors Want Paris Hilton Out
June 20, 2007 – Some neighbors are petitioning to have Paris evicted from Hollywood Hills home. Fox News Channel’s ‘The Live Desk’ A-List discussed the situation with Life & Style’s Suzanne Rozdeba, Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl, defense attorney Jonna Spilbor, and psychiatrist Dr. Edward Ratush about the heiress’ battle with the neighbors. Video at FoxNews.com has since been removed.