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Larry King NowJul 13 '16

The internet’s original celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, joins Larry King for an open discussion about success in Hollywood, his past celebrity feuds, and why he’s changed his tune in regards to his blogging ways.Plus, Hilton sounds off on the buzziest gossip of the moment, why Hillary has his vote, and what happened behind-the-scenes when Steve Harvey flubbed the Miss Universe coronation.  

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The internet’s original celebrity gossip blogger, Perez Hilton, joins Larry King for an open discussion about success in Hollywood, his past celebrity feuds, and why he’s changed his tune in regards to his blogging ways.Plus, Hilton sounds off on the buzziest gossip of the moment, why Hillary has his vote, and what happened behind-the-scenes when Steve Harvey flubbed the Miss Universe coronation.

Hilton discusses the “crowded field of celebrity news” and getting his start as a celebrity blogger back when neither bloggers nor magazines were using websites to cover breaking celebrity news. Hilton explains his blogging persona and which “life-shaking moment” prompted him to change his “douchebag” ways.

Hilton offers his take on the 2016 election and explains why he’s all in for Hillary Clinton. Hilton thinks that Clinton is the “the most qualified person for the job,” and reveals that he believes the Trump campaign to be “fundamentally un-American.”

Hilton and Larry King discuss their connection through the Miss U.S.A pageant and Hilton jokes about all the controversy that has followed him through pageants.Hilton discusses the Steve Harvey’s recent mistake at the Miss Universe coronation and what was going through Hilton’s mind as a judge when Harvey announced the wrong winner. 

QUOTES FROM THIS 'LARRY KING NOW' INTERVIEW WITH PEREZ HILTON:

*Posted Online on Ora.TV on July 13th 2016:

"It's just something that came to me because I liked that it sounded odd, and weird, and different, and bizarre. Like, in 2004, when I first started if you had no idea who I was, which you probably didn't, you instantly knew oh there's something different about this. So the Perez is me, the Latino, it's the outsider, and Hilton is the mainstream, pop culture, celebrity. So I was bringing this outsider's point of view into the world of Hollywood."— Perez Hilton on the origin of his name.

"I just always knew I wanted to. I remember writing in my journal when I was living in Spain in college, about how much I wanted to be a father at 21 years old. It wasn't a question of if, it was more a question of when." — Perez Hilton on becoming a father.

"I just discovered blogs, and in 2004 when I started, people really weren’t using them to discuss celebrities. They were mainly just diaries, like oh I went on a date and it was awful, it was very first person. But I didn't want to talk about myself, I was always more fascinated by celebrities because most of them are crazy, in an entertaining way, and I just worked really hard at it." — Perez Hilton on his start in celebrity blogging.

"It caught on just because there wasn't that much competition back in 2004, like back then, the celebrity magazines like the Peoples and the Us Weeklies weren't even using their own websites to break celebrity news, they were just using their websites to get subscriptions... Now the world has changed so much the magazines are not what they looked like before, it's all about breaking the news immediately." — Perez Hilton on the evolution of celebrity news.

"It's such a crowded field now in the world of celebrity news, I mean even the mainstream news channels, maybe not right now because of all the political coverage, but celebrity news has become mainstream news because it rates, it does well." — Perez Hilton on the rise of celebrity in the news.

"I just think she's the most qualified person for the job. I wholeheartedly, a hundred and ten percent think, as she said Donald Trump is fundamentally unequipped to be president or temperamentally not equipped, something along that line is which her exact quote was. I do wish in the democratic primary process, there would have been more than just two candidates to choose from for the majority of it." — Perez HIlton on why he’s voting for Hillary Clinton.

"I mean, he's great at getting the media to talk about him, but underneath that all is just a lot of unpleasant- more than unpleasant, just awfulness, straight up racist, xenophobic, sexist, disgusting."— Perez Hilton on Donald Trump.

"I think that, you know, heritage, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, all of that is second to just being an American, and as Hillary Clinton has said, the Trump campaign is fundamentally un-American." — Perez Hilton on Donald Trump and his campaign.

"Well I used to be one. You know, I,for the longest time, was a douchebag, knowingly…. Oftentimes I would say things that, I always agreed with them, but it was a heightened version or done in a very exaggerated way, trying to get a reaction out of people. I was like, I don't care if I piss somebody off, I want to piss them off, I'd rather they say something negative towards me than not anything at all." — Perez Hilton on being a bully when he started out.

"When I started out, back in 2004, I began as a fan of pop culture, a critical fan. But as the years went on I kind of lost myself in this character I had created and I ended up becoming so far from who I really was, or I ended up really becoming that person and then it took, in 2010, a life shaking moment to get me to change." — Perez Hilton on turning into his public persona.

"So I made this video saying It Gets Better, it was the movement at the time, and the response I got for making that really surprised me. People were saying how could you make an It Gets Better video when you're part of the problem. You're a hypocrite, you're a bully. And I said wow, if the majority of people think I'm a douchebag, but I don't feel that's who I am in my heart, well I need to change how I operate, how I do things, because that's not who I am." — Perez Hilton on making a life change and taking a stand against bullying.

"Having gone through the preschool process, it made me think a lot about what I want for my children, and what I want for them I now know, and it's specific. I want them to do whatever they want dot dot dot, so long as they work really hard at it. If I could instill one thing in them it is that you have to work harder than anybody else, like it's all about the work ethic. And not just professionally, but if you put work into your body, into your health, your fitness, you'll get rewarded. If you put work into relationships you'll get rewarded. Life is about the work." — Perez Hilton on what he wants for his children.