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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