In her new podcast This Is Paris with her sister Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton opened up about her experience on the Late Show with David Letterman back in 2007.
She said she became “very emotional” while watching the Hulu’s Framing Britney Spears, which called into question the media’s treatment of Spears and other women.
Hilton said she could relate to Spears’ struggles and described a 2007 interview she did with David Letterman, in which she feels the comedian went out of his way to humiliate her.
She said Letterman’s PR team reached out to her multiple times for an interview, but she “kept saying no.” Finally, when Hilton had a fragrance coming out, she agreed to go on his late night program so long as he promised not to bring up her time in jail.
“I felt like it was a safe place because I’d been going on Letterman for so many years, and he’d always have fun with me and joke around,” said Hilton, who was sentenced to 45 days in jail in 2007 for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.
Of course, things did not go as planned
via USA Today:
Soon after Hilton walked onstage, however, Letterman broke his word, grilling her on what food she ate in prison and whom she met behind bars. At one point, Hilton told him, “I’ve moved on with my life so I don’t really want to talk about it anymore.”
“There was not supposed to be one question, and then he just kept pushing me and pushing me and I was just getting so uncomfortable, and I was so upset,” she continued. “It was like he was just purposely trying to humiliate me.”
Hilton said she pleaded with Letterman during commercial breaks to drop the subject, but he wouldn’t relent.
“It was just very cruel and very mean,” she said. “After it ended, I just looked at him, and I said, ‘I am never coming on this show again. You’ve crossed the line.’ I didn’t tell him off because I’m not that type of person, but I got angry.”
You can listen to the podcast here.
And you can watch the 2007 interview below.