Paris Ditches Publicist

Paris has parted ways with her longtime press rep, Elliot Mintz. Remember, this is the same guy who once labeled a mysterious white substance on her face as a "stray dessert."

Probably a good move on her part -- she all but blamed the guy outright for lying to her about the conditions of her suspended license. Besides, it's not like she needs any additional publicity and spin-control seems sorta moot at this point.

As much as it kills me to admit, Paris' little jail stint has probably ensured the highest ratings ever for the absolutely awful Simple Life. The fifth season is still scheduled to premiere on E! on May 28. That's just a week before the heiress is due to report to jail. How much you wanna bet she and Nicole throw a big bash and then plan some kind of Simple Life Behind Bars spinoff?

Mintz issued the following statement Sunday night:

"The day after the hearing, I sent an e-mail expressing my sadness over the ruling of the judge and the irrational sentence he imposed. In that e-mail I also offered my sincerest apology for any misunderstanding she received from me regarding the terms of her probation. To the extent that I have miscommunicated information I received from her attorneys......I am deeply and profoundly sorry. I told her that I assume personal responsibility for my part in this matter. I believe when stated in court that she believed it was o.k. for her to drive under certain circumstances she was being absolutely truthful. Due to this misunderstanding, I am no longer representing Paris. For the record, I have nothing but love and respect for Paris and her family. Paris is a wonderful person and does not deserve the punishment that was handed down by the court. I only wish her my best."

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