Paris Hilton: Sam Jones
Gary Susman
November 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Paris Hilton’s reality show ”The Simple Life” debuts on Fox on Dec. 2, but her publicist said Thursday that the hotel heiress has, understandably, dropped all her scheduled interviews to promote the show in the wake of the scandal surrounding her appearance in a widely circulated homemade sex video. David Letterman, who would have hosted the first of those promotional appearances next Wednesday, urged her to reconsider, making a public plea on Thursday’s ”Late Show.”

”We’ll talk about anything you want to talk about — if you have pets, we’ll talk about your pets,” Letterman said. ”If you want to talk about the sexual videotape, fine. If you don’t, that’s fine with me, too.” He added, ”We all know it’s not your fault. It’s your idiot boyfriend’s fault, that’s the problem. We’ll set the record straight — it’ll be a love fest.”

Hilton’s videotaped love fest, excerpts of which have turned up all over the Internet, has already earned her a $10 million lawsuit from ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon, who claims Hilton and her family have wrongly accused him of filming his sexual encounter with the then-19-year-old heiress without her consent. Letterman appeared to side with such accusations, saying: ”All I want to say to Paris is, ‘You’re being led down the wrong path.’ You come on this show, by God, we’ll make you a hero.”

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