At a quarter past midnight today,
Paris Hilton strolled out of the Century Regional Detention Facility, clad in black slacks and a short-sleeved top and received by throngs of reporters. "She fulfilled her debt," said a sheriff's department spokesman. "She was obviously in good spirits." In the end, Hilton served 22 days in detention, her original 45-day sentence slashed in half due to good behavior.
But will such good behavior continue? The public is about to see what the heirhead is really made of. "I used to act dumb," Hilton said in a recent call to Barbara Walters, "[but that] is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me." So here's her chance to prove it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have a hunch that as many people as there are who loathe the party animal, there are just as many who would be elated to have her do a 180 and set an example for kids that's worth emulating for reasons beyond the lineup of rich boyfriends and closets of designer clothes.
While Hilton's next scheduled stop is Larry King Live, she may ultimately wind up in a class room. The president of the Learning Annex tells the New York Post that he has offered Paris $1 million to lead a one-hour "How to Build Your Brand" seminar, saying, "I think there's a good chance she'd do it. She's a brilliant entreprenuer.... And my students would love her." (One rich-enough guy perhaps literally.)
Tuesday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner.