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article imageOp-Ed: No one cares about 'The World According to Paris.'

By Melissa Hayes     Jun 7, 2011 in Entertainment
It would seem Paris Hilton, and her new reality show, "The World According to Paris," are—as the hotel heiress would say—“not hot.”
Between bad press, and even worse ratings, it is safe to say that the world has most likely had enough of the uber-spoiled socialite on the small screen.
The lowly 400,000 viewers the 30-year-old’s fly-on-the-wall style show brought in during its June 1 premiere on the Oxygen network are simply embarrassing in contrast to the 13 million gained by the debut of her first reality series, Fox’s “The Simple Life,” back in 2003, reported ABC News.
But it doesn’t end there. Not only is hardly anyone watching the new show—which was meant to showcase the celebutante’s newfound maturity—the media is all but laughing at Miss Hilton’s apparent bomb.
Hilton was visibly uncomfortable during her June 1 appearance on ABC's “The View,” where she dropped in to promote her new series and instead faced scrutiny from both Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg.
Walters put the self-proclaimed businesswoman on the spot when she asked why, if she wanted to be taken seriously, she would represent herself to the world from such a “frivolous point of view”—commenting on the content of the show, which is made up mostly of Hilton shopping, whining about some much deserved community service, and bathing on-camera.
Hilton’s response? “When I’m on the show it’s supposed to be entertaining and funny, so I’ll make silly little jokes. It doesn’t mean I’m serious. I just like to joke around.”
Unfortunately, this “joking around,” is a far cry from the true, grown-up image Hilton promised her new show would deliver, and pointing this out apparently struck a nerve with the heiress.
Following her guest spot, Hilton reportedly threw a tantrum backstage, confronting one of the producers, and then opted out of various interviews and press appointments set up for the following day, as seen in the Toronto Sun.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper also recently joined in on the roasting and took a stab at Hilton during his RidicuList news segment on June 6.
The anchor openly criticized Hilton, and “The World According to Paris,” in a humorously tongue-in-cheek fashion, calling her out for casual mention of her 2010 cocaine possession, her on-camera bubble bath and her criticism of “desperate people who crave attention,” as mentioned in the Los Angeles Times.
“New Paris, on behalf of the nation, I apologize. I’m sorry we ever doubted you,” Cooper said, ending the segment with a smirk.
And what does Miss Hilton think about all of this? It’s rumoured that she is blaming her mortifyingly low ratings on the obscurity of the network, and the 10 p.m. time slot.
But really, when it comes down to it, why should Hilton care? New reality show, or not, isn’t the woman worth about $50 million alone? Something tells me she should be the one laughing, regardless of how the series turns out.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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