Perez Hilton has built his career as a gossip blogger since the early 2000s, writing some not-so-nice things about celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan.
On a recent episode of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandera, discussed cancellation culture and how to come to terms with the fact that fans might never forgive him for misrepresenting young stars back in the day.
“I have accepted, in the minds of the vast majority, that I am irreparable,” the 43-year-old told hosts Gloria Estefan, daughter Emily Estefan and niece Lily Estefan.
“There’s absolutely nothing I can do—change, grow, develop, mature—to make things right with my past. Like, even if I donated all the money I made over the past year. If I gave it all up, they’d say, ‘OK, that’s nice'” , he continued. “He still doesn’t erase his past.” Or, “That’s cool. It’s still a d bag. Or, “What an idiot, I can’t believe he gave up all his money.” I think a lot of people view cancellation culture as a form of entertainment.”
Emily also asked the “Celebrity Big Brother” star if he felt “powerful” when he wrote hurtful things about these young stars. Hilton replied, “The word ‘power’ didn’t resonate with me because it meant I could force people to do things and I could force people to think a certain way.”
“I could have an influence, but I would like to see it as an opportunity. I had the opportunity to participate, I had the opportunity for people to receive,” he continued. “I looked at what I did as turning on the light. I shine the light on the celebrities who get it right and those who get it wrong, those who behave badly.”
The media personality compared celebrity gossip to controlled substance. “I was hooked and the attention was my drug. I knew what I was doing was bad, and I kept doing it, and I kept being rewarded for it.”
“As you know, I have been canceled and canceled over and over again by the public,” he admitted. “Culture culture has become very accepted in many circles.”
Earlier this year, Hilton expressed his regret for his previous brutal treatment of Britney Spears after the release of the documentary “Framing Britney Spears”. The document explored the media’s role in the pop star’s turbulent life.
“I regret much or most of what I said about Britney,” he said in an interview with Good Morning Britain at the time. “Thank God, I hope many of us are getting older and wiser.”
Hilton was infamous in 2007 when he called the “Toxic” singer an “invalid mother.” He also created T-shirts that read “Why not be Britney?” On his site when actor Heath Ledger died in 2008.