The Hollywood Reporter announced their 10 Most Painful TV Events of 2003, with Michael Jackson’s documentary with Martin Bashir topping he list, followed by Paris Hilton and ‘The Simple Life’ at #2, Madonna and Britney Spears’ kiss on the MTV Video Music Awards at #5, Jessica Simpson’s goofy remarks on ‘Newlyweds’ at #7, and The Osbournes nearing the end of their “15 minutes” at #10.
Pat Lalama Comments On Michael Jackson’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview
December 30, 2003 – ‘Celebrity Justice’ reporter Pat Lalama was on ‘American Morning’ to talk about the Michael Jackson interview on CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday night. Lalama talked about Jackson’s comment, “Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists.” He told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: “I believe that he believes that whatever it is he does, and it may just be that he shares his bed with a child, I believe that in his heart, he believes that there is nothing wrong with what he does. I mean, only the judicial system in the end will determine based on the facts whether, you know, what he does is legal or illegal. But I think as a matter of the heart, he doesn’t think he’s doing anything wrong. I do think that when he goes into the explanation of his childhood and how damaged he is, I think he feels that. And I do believe that he lives in that environment, that Peter Pan-like environment.” Check out the entire transcript here.