Nobody was accusing Paris Hilton of pulling a Chris Brown or anything, but rumor has it that she engaged in some serious diva behavior after facing some unexpectedly pointed questions about her new Oxygen show on The View last week.
“I’ve known [Barbara Walters] for years, and I really respect her as a journalist,” Hilton said today in an exclusive sit-down with E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic. “I know that she has to ask questions like that. I think she should actually watch the show, then she’d understand more.”
Questions like what, again?
In describing a scene from The World According to Paris in which Hilton complains about having to wake up early to do community service and says “it sucks,” Walters reminded the seasoned reality-TV star about the days when she had just served jail time for DUI back in 2007.
“I think you’re an adorable girl,” Walters, whom Hilton apparently considered enough of a confidante to call from jail, assured her. “You learned a good deal…You said you wanted to spend a lot of time helping fellow [female] prisoners…I know you’ve raised a lot of money…But why haven’t you done more of that and less of this?”
“I do charity work all the time,” Hilton said. “That’s something my family has brought me up to do, and it’s shown in the show, as well. And I like to have fun—I joke around!”
Walters replied that she understood that, but if Hilton was serious about charity work and helping people, “Why not present that side of yourself, if indeed it exists?”
Hilton maintained her composure on the air, of course, but the rumor afterward, Rancic reminded her today, was that she and mom Kathy Hilton were “going ballistic backstage.”
But according to her, that’s just not true at all.
“Those were all rumors…as usual,” Hilton said.
“I think they hadn’t seen the show,” she added. “They had only seen a clip where I’m complaining about my community service…You know, I’m not going to wake up at 6 in the morning and be all excited, ‘Yeah, I’m doing community service!’
“I basically said it sucks, and I was being honest. I think they were offended by that, but I’m not really sure. I think [the so-called feud] was really blown out of proportion. It wasn’t that big of a deal. I wasn’t screaming at producers backstage.
“That’s not true.”
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Summary: Last week, while promoting her new series “The World According to Paris” on “The View,” Paris Hilton squirmed under questioning from Barbara Walters and then reportedly threw a fit backstage in response to the hardball interrogation. To recap, Walters simply asked the reality star why she was shown griping about her court-ordered community service (Hilton is seen complaining that “it sucks”) and why, if she did lots of charity work, as she claimed, she didn’t show that on her series.
Watch Hilton being questioned on “The View” here.
Well, Hilton went on the offensive at the E! News studios. Asked by Giuliana Rancic what really happened on “The View,” Hilton dismissed Walters and the others as not fully informed. “I think they hadn’t seen the show,” she said. “They’d only seen a clip where I was complaining about my community service.” As for saying her community service sucked, Hilton said, “I was just being honest.” She also addressed her reported tantrum backstage (”Not true,” she said) and seemed to scold Walters at the end. “I really respect her as a journalist,” said Hilton. “I know she has to ask those questions. I think she should actually watch the show and then she’d understand more.” Watch the video and get the whole story for yourself.