Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton vows to quit bullying

Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:42pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blogger Perez Hilton, who for six years has delighted in running "Hollywood's most hated web site", outing gay stars and insulting celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, said on Wednesday he was going to stop being a bully.

In an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and a video posted on his website, Hilton, who is gay, said he no longer wanted to be seen as a bully and a hypocrite.

"I'm going to do things differently on my website than I have in the past. I'm not going to call people nasty nicknames. I'm not going to go the mean route. I'm going to force myself to be funnier or smarter...not out people," Hilton, 32, told lesbian talk show host DeGeneres.

Hilton's pledge follows a rash of recent suicides by bullied gay teens, including 19-year-old college student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off a bridge last month after his encounter with a gay man was secretly filmed and distributed on the Internet.

Blogger Hilton, who was instrumental in the outing of singer Lance Bass and actor Neil Patrick Harris in 2006, said he had been working hard in recent weeks to raise awareness of gay teen bullying.

"In doing so, a lot of people have called me a hypocrite and a bully myself, and a big one...From now on I really want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem," he told DeGeneres.

Hilton has built a 2.5 million-strong Twitter following and an equally popular website for his barbs and vicious doodles on celebrity photos.

His targets include young stars like Lindsay Lohan (dubbed "Lindsanity"), Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis, whom he called a "Potato Head." He has also made fun of the looks of former "Friends" star Aniston, calling her "Chinnifer Maniston".   Continued...

<p>Blogger Perez Hilton arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>