NBC is in talks with imprisoned socialite Paris Hilton to do a primetime show when she is released from prison.
No deal had been reached late Thursday, and it was unclear whether the deal was for a straightforward interview or some kind of special that could include an interview on “Today.”
“We have no agreement in place with Paris Hilton,” said an NBC Entertainment spokeswoman late Thursday.
The New York Post reported Thursday that NBC was set to pay Hilton up to $1 million to appear on “Today” and talk with co-anchor Meredith Vieira.
NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust denied that any payment from the news division would be made to Hilton or her family. Speculation was that any fee from NBC would be for the rights to use the celebutante’s private photos and vids.
“NBC News has not and will not pay for interviews,” Gollust said.
Yet NBC did pay the British royals $2.5 million for the broadcast rights to a tribute concert for Princess Diana on what would have been her 46th birthday, a fee that was donated to the late princess’ charity.
Diana’s sons, Princes William and Harry, appeared on “Today” for an exclusive interview on Monday with anchor Matt Lauer. Slices of that interview were repurposed on newsmag “Dateline NBC” and on cable channel MSNBC.
As for Hilton, E!’s Ryan Seacrest landed a telephone chat with Los Angeles County’s most glamorous inmate behind bars. Cabler turned the interview into a two-night event for its “E! News Daily.”
“I’m so much more grateful for everything that I have, even just to have a pillow at night or food,” Hilton told Seacrest. “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.”