"NBC News does not pay for interviews," NBC News spokeswoman Allison Gollust, who wouldn't confirm or deny "any interview would take place," told The New York Times in a report published Friday. "Never have, never will."
Hilton's previously reported $1 million NBC agreement for a sit-down interview with Today co-host Meredith Vieira was allegedly born out of a conversation her father Rick had with NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker, who apparently swooped in and stole the first post-prison interview from ABC's The View host Barbara Walters. During Hilton's first weekend in jail, Walters conducted a phone interview with The Simple Life star and described what they discussed in detail during the June 11 broadcast of The View.
ABC might have been unwilling to make a "high six-figure deal" with Hilton and her family, according to The Times, but the network had reportedly made a $100,000 offer that technically wouldn't have been for an interview, with the monetary exchange happening for access to "materials owned by the family," such as photos and videos. After receiving ABC's offer last Sunday, The Times reported Walters told ABC executives she received a call from Rick on Wednesday telling her the interview was going to a competitor because "nobody turns down money like this."
"[At $100,000, ABC was] not even in the same galaxy [in terms of what was reportedly being offered by NBC]," Rick allegedly told Walters, according to The Times.
Despite ABC's account of the way things went down, a Hilton representative told The Times on Thursday night that the family "had not received nor requested any payment for an interview with Paris."
"Contrary to media reports, Paris Hilton is not being paid for any television interview nor is Paris Hilton being paid for any collateral material, including videos or photos," the family's crisis manager Michael Sitrick told The Times in a statement.