Paris Hilton felt "purposefully humiliated" during an interview with David Letterman
Footage from the 2007 encounter went viral last month, when the talk-show host was criticised for questioning the 40-year-old star about the brief time she spent in jail for parole violation, and Paris has now revealed she felt that his approach "crossed a line"
5 March 2021
She said: "I was just getting so uncomfortable and I was so upset ... Just being up there, it was like he was just purposefully trying to humiliate me.
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"It was just very cruel and very mean."
Paris, 40, revealed the interview was her first in months and that she agreed to take part as she felt she was in a "safe place" after being interviewed by Letterman several times previously.
Speaking on her 'This is Paris' podcast, she explained: "I felt like it was a safe place because I'd been going on Letterman for so many years. He'd always have fun with me and joke around, but I thought he would keep his word on this and I was wrong."
Paris revealed that she told Letterman she would not go on his show again and was later sent a crate of wine by the presenter as an apology.
She recalled: "After it ended, I just looked at him and said, 'I'm never coming on this show again, you crossed the line.'
"I didn't tell him off, because I'm not that kind of person but I got angry and he was apologising and sent a case of Chateau Lafite wine to our house."
Letterman made a public apology to Paris when she returned to his show the following year.
He said: "I found out afterwards I had offended you. I felt horrible about it because I'm not here to make enemies, honestly.
"So I called you, and you took the call, which I thought was very nice of you, and now you're back and thank God, and I'm terribly sorry."