To hear the New York Post tell it, NBC may cough up a cool hot million dollars to score Today's Meredith Vieira the first post-jail sitdown with Paris Hilton. The heiress would chat with Mer - not ABC's Barbara Walters, as widely assumed - sometime next week, the day after getting sprung. (According to the New York Times, ABC offered in the nabe of $100,000 for the exclusive, and was basically laughed at.) Supposedly, NBC secured the Q&A by boxing out Matt Lauer, whom the Hiltons feel has dissed their daughter. Neither party, however, is confirming the Post's story... yet. "NBC News has not and will not pay for interviews," a network rep tells Reuters. Adds a spokesperson for NBC's entertainment arm, "We don't have an agreement in place." A Hilton-clan mouthpiece says, "Paris is not being paid for any television interview, nor is [she] being paid for any collateral, including video and photographs related to any television interview" (aka the usual workaround for a news division's noble "We don't pay for interviews" policy).

In other Paris news, to quote Isaiah W., she is mad as hell and she's not going to take it anymore! That's the gist of a phone chat she had with E!'s Ryan Seacrest. Sharing the epiphanies that have come to her in the clink, she says, "I realized that the media used me to make fun of and be mean about. Frankly, I'm sick of it.... It really hurts my feelings."

As such, once freed, she avows, "I want to use my fame in a good way." Not to get anyone's hopes up, but that sounds like she means no more Simple Lifes, ever. (But do not quote me.)

POLL: Will you make a point of watching Paris' first out-of-jail TV interview? Vote here (and be honest).