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Paris Hilton Walks Out on ABC News Interview

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Hilton may be the original celebutante -- a pioneer of the thoroughly modern phenomenon of being famous for being famous. But for all of her beauty, early success and entertainment industry experience, the young heiress who was born into one of the world's largest hotel empires can still be jarred by reporters who ask her sensitive questions.

Such was the case when she walked out of ABC News interview that took place at her newly renovated Los Angeles home this week when she was asked if she thinks she may be past her prime. After storming off, Hilton eventually returned to the interview after some cajoling to discuss her ideas about her own reinvention.

"I've been doing this for 15 years now, so it's been a long time … so just like any other business person or someone in the industry, it's always important to reinvent yourself and come up with new projects," she said.

From New York party girl to reality TV personality on the Fox series The Simple Life, and now the head of a billion-dollar personal empire, Hilton has certainly kept busy for a girl born into the lap of luxury. She now has stores in 31 countries, selling everything from perfumes to shoes to handbags to beauty products. She's even slapped her name on a motorcycle racing team.

"So many people that are rich do nothing," Hilton said. "I like being able to do what I want, to buy whatever I want, and to not ask for permission like some of my other friends who are adults but live like children."

While others may have usurped her role at the top of the reality television pecking order -- her latest series, The World According to Paris debuted to a dismal 400,000 viewers on the Oxygen Network – Hilton has had to deal with a terrifying phenomenon plaguing celebrities: stalkers.

James Brian Rainford was arrested outside Hilton's home on the Fourth of July. Rainford is the same man who attacked her now ex-boyfriend in April outside of a courthouse -- where Hilton was to testify against another stalker.

"It's very unsettling, because you don't know what frame of mind someone like that is in. Now four times he has tried to get in contact with me," Hilton said. "He's keeps getting in trouble for it, yet he keeps coming back, so obviously there's something wrong with him."

Hilton, who turned 30 in February, is eager now to show the world that she has now grown up. Yet The World According to Paris shows her engaged in her usual hi-jinks -- inhabiting an ecosystem where paparazzi are as omnipresent as pigeons in Manhattan, and where shopping is the dominant form of hunting and gathering.

Hilton even made a revealing and unusually candid admission about her on screen persona -- that when she is not on camera her voice drops, and she is much more serious.

"It's the character that I developed for The Simple Life. They wanted a character that was an airhead with a baby voice, and so that's a character that I do, and I had to do it for five seasons," she said. "And so sometimes when I'm on camera I'll revert back to it, just because I'm so used to it because I did it for so long."

She defends her behavior on the show as mere entertainment and part of the world of reality television.

The finale of the show's first season airs Wednesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Paris Hilton: Reality TV Has-Been or Comeback Queen?

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Once the darling of the reality TV realm, it seems Paris Hilton is now passé.

As the sub-par ratings for the socialite/celebutante/heiress' new show, The World According to Paris, came out last week, she reeled from an interview on ABC's The View in which Barbara Walters asked why Hilton focuses on being frivolous.

"You have served time in prison," Walters said to Hilton during her View appearance. Hilton memorably called Walters from jail in 2007, where she was serving a DUI sentence, and vowed to clean up her act, "make a difference," and stop being "that superficial girl."

"It was very painful," Walters went on. "You were going to spend a lot of time helping fellow prisoners, especially women. Why haven't you done more of that and less of this?" "This" meaning playing with her pet chihuahua, juggling her current and ex-boyfriends and complaining about doing community service to atone for her latest run-in with the law, all part of the first World According to Paris.

Hilton's response: "I'll make silly little jokes. It doesn't mean I'm serious."

No one was joking after the interview. The New York Post reported that backstage, Hilton and her father, Rick Hilton, screamed at a View producer, enraged at the tone of the interview. A spokesperson for the show confirmed the incident to ABC News. Hilton's representative didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hilton may have good reason to be upset. The World According to Paris, premiered to a paltry 400,000 viewers on the Oxygen cable network last Wednesday. By comparison, her first reality show, The Simple Life, drew 13 million viewers when it premiered on Fox in 2003.

Oxygen shows with lesser-known stars have premiered to wider audiences than Hilton's. The March debut of pop singer Aubrey O'Day's show scored 724,000 viewers, while 1.7 million people tuned in for the premiere of the latest season of The Bad Girls Club.

In a world ruled by the Kardashians and a seemingly innumerable number of Real Housewives, it's hard to imagine Hilton, 30, reigning supreme again. But a source close to Oxygen told ABC News that the network remains "super committed" to the show and Hilton, despite the initial poor ratings.

"Subsequent episodes have exciting storylines," the source said, citing Wednesday's upcoming installment that features Brooke Mueller, Hilton's pal and Charlie Sheen's latest ex-wife, dealing with her substance abuse issues.

Hilton, for her part, seems unconcerned. Her Twitter page boasts a bright pink World According to Paris theme and bubbly messages to match, including a tweet she posted Monday after returning from a trip to Spain to support her motorcycle racing team: "Just landed back in LA. Can't wait to get home to all my pets! Missed my babies so much!"

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