LOS ANGELES – Like daughter, like mother. Kathy Hilton (search), star of the new NBC series, "I Want to Be a Hilton," asked her 24-year-old daughter, Paris, for tips about appearing on reality TV.
Hilton, star of Fox's "The Simple Life," had this advice: "Be very careful not to look in the camera. Always be camera-ready. And don't trust the producers," her mother said.
Kathy Hilton says Paris laughed when reminded that her father, real estate entrepreneur Rick Hilton (search), is one of the show's producers.
"I just told her to always know the camera's there," Paris Hilton told reporters recently, according to AP Radio. "And not say anything bad because there's a microphone on you. And just to be yourself."
On "I Want to Be a Hilton," which debuted Tuesday night, Kathy Hilton guides 14 young contestants through a variety of weekly challenges in the New York social scene, ranging from art and culture to beauty and fashion.
Each week she eliminates those who "didn't make the list." The winner will receive a $200,000 trust fund.
Kathy Hilton says she jumped at the chance to host her own reality TV show.
"I didn't even think about it. Why not? When I just heard all these fun things that I can do and take these people. That's all I really thought about and then I thought, `Ooh, I've gotten myself into this, haven't I?'" she said.