*Several television networks are bending over backwards to score the first interview with the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton.
Middleton became an overnight celebrity in April 2011 when she served as the maid of honor to her sister, Kate, during her wedding. Since then, she has been the subject of significant press attention for her style, love life, social life, and more.
Middleton, who works for her parents’ business as the blog editor of a party planning website, was named one of Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating’ people of 2011. She also sealed a deal worth more than $500,000 to author a book about party planning…and with a big book deal comes a big network television interview.
U.S. media heavyweights, including Walters and Oprah Winfrey, have reportedly offered six-figure sums to land Middleton’s first big interview. Oprah reportedly told her staff to “pull out all the stops,” according to The Huffington Post.
NBC is offering “Today” host, Matt Lauer, to interview Middleton. Lauer covered the Royal Wedding live from London for NBC. He also interviewed Price William and Prince Harry in 2007 on the 10th anniversary of their mother’s death.
Pippa Middleton heads to work (Jan. 17, 2012)
The networks have also reportedly offered Middleton the opportunity to donate the large cash sum to charity, so it won’t appear as though she is “cashing in” on such a large sum of money. According to the Sunday Mirror, deals as big as $450,000 have been offered.
*It’s that time of year again.
Barbara Walters today begins the teasing of her annual “The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” special, which premieres Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.
The 90-minute program, the 19th annual edition, will feature producer/judge extraordinaire Simon Cowell, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson who play the loveable gay couple on Modern Family, New York Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter, business mogul Donald Trump, pop star Katy Perry, reality TV family, The Kardashians, and royal relative (most eligible bachelorette) Pippa Middleton.
Walters will reveal the complete list and who snagged the No. 1 spot on the show.
*Usher is looking to score Pippa Middleton as the face – or derriere – of his upcoming line of underwear.
The singer, 32, is releasing his first lingerie line later this summer and hopes that Duchess Katherine’s little sister will sign on for the ad campaign.
“I don’t think there’s a more beautiful, more stunning, more talked-about woman in the world at the moment,” Usher says of Middleton, 27. “I’m going to be approaching her in the next few weeks and setting up a meeting this summer.”
Pippa Middleton hounded by paparazzi while shopping in Chelsea. (June 23, 2011)
Usher says hiring the headline-making Brit is also a smart business move.
“The great thing about her is that she would be a global brand. Everybody knows her now, she would be perfect,” he tells Britain’s Look magazine. “I am sure everybody is trying to sign her up and she won’t be cheap, but she has the looks and the popularity to really establish a new product.”