Saturday, June 23, 2007
According to TMZ.com, production sources inside NBC are confirming that the network's planned interview with Paris Hilton is off. It was TMZ that originally confirmed the New York Post report about NBC agreeing to pay Hilton a million dollars for a post-jail interview. Although TMZ is little more than a celebrity gossip website -- albeit one owned by Time Warner -- its founder and executive producer is Harvey Levin, a guy with whom I used to work very closely back in the mid 90s at KCBS in Los Angeles; for a time, in fact, I was his personal producer (If You Want Blood, You've Got It/11.16.06). Suffice to say, I trust him far more than NBC's PR department. I have no doubt that NBC had in fact secured the Hilton invterview, and then promptly and awkwardly backed out when it blew up in their faces.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled program, which for me is Mansquito on Sci-Fi.