Did Entertainment Tonight Pay For Stern Interview?
Entertainment Tonight has denied accusations by rival Access Hollywood that it paid $1 million for an exclusive interview with Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer, Howard K. Stern. An ET spokeswoman told the New York Daily News: "These types of accusations are typically made by news organizations that don't have exclusives on major stories." However, the Daily News pointed out that "shows get around the 'We don't pay for interviews' mandate by paying to license images and videos." When asked whether ET had paid for video used in connection with the Stern interview, the ET spokeswoman replied, "Like the Daily News, or any other news media outlet, we compensate rights holders for their photography or video."