LOS ANGELES: Veteran CNN newsman Larry King has won the race to secure the first post-prison interview with jailed socialite Paris Hilton, the global cable network confirmed.
A CNN spokeswoman said King would interview Hilton in a one-hour special on Wednesday, just 24 hours after the hotel heiress and reality television star is released from prison in Los Angeles.
The network and a spokesman for Hilton said the 26-year-old would not receive payment for the interview.
News of the interview comes amid a series of conflicting reports about behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings to secure the Hilton scoop amongst the major US domestic broadcasters.
NBC was initially reported to have secured an interview with Hilton which would see the celebutante paid 1 million dollars, despite company rules prohibiting payment to interviewees. NBC denied a Hilton interview was planned.
The Los Angeles Times reported that ABC and its star anchor Barbara Walters had pulled out of the running, while another broadcaster, CBS, indicated it was not seeking an interview.
In a statement released through her publicist, Hilton said she was pleased to be telling her side of the story on King's show.
"I am thrilled that Larry King has asked me to appear on his programme to discuss my experience in jail, what I have learned, how I have grown and anything else he wants to talk about," she said.
"Larry King is not only a world-renowned journalist, but a true American icon. It will be an honour to do his show."
Hilton, a one-woman pop culture phenomenon, said in an interview from behind bars at the Los Angeles Century Regional Detention Facility this week that she will emerge from incarceration a changed woman.
"I just can't wait to see my family and have a nice meal and be in my own bed and appreciate all the things I took for granted and never really thought much about," she told the E! News entertainment television show.
"In a way, I'm really glad this happened because it changed my life forever," said Hilton. "I just realise that the media used me to make fun of and be mean about. Frankly, I'm sick of it. I want to use my fame in a good way."
But whether Hilton's desire for a more simple life will lead to fewer appearances in the media spotlight remains doubtful, experts say.