Paris Hilton was dragged unwittingly into the presidential election when John McCain’s camp featured her image in a campaign ad mocking Barack Obama’s perceived “celebrity” status. Although Hilton struck back with her own clip calling McCain a “wrinkly white-haired guy,” she never revealed which candidate had her support. After Tuesday, she told People magazine: “The best man won. I’m so thrilled. I love Barack and I think he’s amazing. The world is definitely a better place now. There’s a lot of change and a lot of hope coming. That’s a very good thing.”
*TMZ.com is reporting that Jennifer Hudson’s sister Julia has made some changes to her MySpace page. She removed photos of William Balfour, her estranged husband and lone “person of interest” in the murders of her brother Jason Hudson, mother Darnell Donerson and son Julian King. But, she’s causing a few raised eyebrows with a caption that she added under one photo, which reads: “Now that Jason’s gone I’m the prettiest one.” Other photos show her partying with friends.
*It should be no surprise that “The View” benefitted tremendously in the ratings during the long campaign season. Last week, the ABC talk show reached No. 1 in key female daytime demos for the first time in the show’s 12-year history, averaging 963,000 viewers in women 18-49. “The View” averaged 4.3 million total viewers for the week of Oct. 27, making it the show’s second-highest frame ever, with Wednesday (4.5 million) as the peak day. In addition to appearances in the past months by Michelle Obama, John McCain and his wife Cindy McCain, there were also heated exchanges between the show’s pro-Obama hosts and its lone Republican, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
*Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren has beaten out Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Larry King and others to land the first post-election interview with Sarah Palin. Van Susteren will be traveling to Alaska for an extensive interview with the state’s governor, which is scheduled to air tonight at 10 ET on the Fox News Channel.