Hilton parts ways with Endeavor agency
EmptyShe's been jailed for just a week -- not including a day of house arrest -- and already celebrity heiress Paris Hilton has parted ways with the Hollywood talent agency that represented her for two years.
A spokesman for the Endeavor agency, Michael Donkis, said on Tuesday that the socialite "is no longer a client of Endeavor," and her manager's office confirmed that Hilton was between agents at the moment.
Both declined to say how or when the split came about.
But People magazine's Web site reported that the agency dropped Hilton last Friday, the day a Los Angeles judge ordered her back to jail to complete her sentence for violating probation in a drunken-driving case.
According to People.com, Endeavor, which has represented Hilton since 2005 and has handled her deal for the reality TV show "The Simple Life," announced its separation from her in a company-wide memo.
Hilton's publicist, Elliot Mintz, said he had no immediate information about the situation.
It is not unusual for entertainers to leave one talent agency for another, but such a move often coincides with other changes affecting a performer's career.
Alec Baldwin announced in April he was leaving CAA a day before revealing that he sought to be released from his NBC television contract, though he stayed with the show and soon returned to CAA.
Word of Hilton's departure from Endeavor came a day after ABC television host Barbara Walters said Hilton had told her in an interview from jail that she was looking to change her public image and to be taken more seriously.
Hilton began her jail term June 3 at a county detention facility in Lynwood, just outside Los Angeles, and served three full days there before the sheriff's department "reassigned" her to home detention with electronic monitoring.
Sheriff Lee Baca cited unspecified psychological problems affecting Hilton's medical condition as reason for his decision, which sparked a national debate about preferential treatment of celebrities by the judicial system.
At a hearing Friday, the judge ordered her back to jail to complete her term, originally set for 45 days. But rather than return to Lynwood, Hilton was sent to the medical ward of another detention center in downtown Los Angeles.
As of Friday, Baca said Hilton was scheduled to serve 18 days behind bars under a standard credit applied against her term for time served on good behavior.