Paris Hilton has accused the presenters of a U.S. talk show of failing to watch her reality TV series before criticising her work live on air in a tense interview.
The socialite came under fire from the hosts of The View during her appearance on the panel show last week (ends05Jun11) as they grilled her about her latest fly-on-the-wall TV project, The World According To Paris.
Whoopi Goldberg branded the show "fluffy", while veteran U.S. broadcaster Barbara Walters slammed Hilton for complaining about her community service, stemming from a 2010 drug arrest, during the first episode.
Hilton was visibly on edge during the chat, and was rumoured to have confronted producers about the controversial line of questioning after filming wrapped.
But the hotel heiress is adamant she did not suffer a backstage meltdown, calling the reports "not true", and she has now taken aim at the presenters, alleging they should have watched her show before making such public criticisms.
She tells E!, "I've known (Walters) for years, and I really respect her as a journalist. I know that she has to ask questions like that. I think she should actually watch the show, then she'd understand more... I think they hadn't seen the show. They had only seen a clip where I'm complaining about my community service...
"You know, I'm not going to wake up at six in the morning and be all excited, 'Yeah, I'm doing community service!' I basically said it sucks, and I was being honest. I think they were offended by that, but I'm not really sure. I think (the feud) was really blown out of proportion. It wasn't that big of a deal. I wasn't screaming at producers backstage. That's not true."