A few days after alleged madam Heidi Fleiss stole the media spotlight from more than a dozen celebrities at the Comedy Hall of Fame taping, inquiring minds want to know: Will she figure into the finished product?
The answer is a definite maybe.
“If Heidi is with someone walking in, we may show her, but there are no plans to feature her or focus on her,” said producer George Schlatter. “Perhaps if the line in which Burt Reynolds refers to her stays in the show … But I doubt we will cut away to Heidi. By then (the Nov. 3 airdate) she’ll be old news and four other celebrities will have been offered up as sacrificial lambs.”
Referring to his high-profile divorce from Loni Anderson, Reynolds had said he’d gotten thank-you notes from Ted Danson for replacing him in the tabloids, but nothing from Heidi.
Clarifying earlier remarks (Daily Variety, Aug. 31), Schlatter said that invited guest Victoria Sellers asked Schlatter if she could bring a friend but didn’t specify which one.
Meanwhile, Schlatter was amused by the feeding frenzy. “Heidi’s presence added some sizzle, but this town tends to concentrate more on the sizzle than the steak. I mean, ‘Entertainment Tonight’ followed her into the ladies room. What they hope to find out in there that isn’t already fairly common knowledge, I don’t know.”
A spokesperson for “Entertainment Tonight” denied such tenacity. “We had a video camera on her when she walked down the hall to the bathroom and when she came out, but not when she was in.”