Paparazzi Punk Plan Doesn't Scare Mags

Editors rip Kutcher's turn-the-tables show as 'conceited celebrity'
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2008 1:12 PM CDT
Paris Hilton is one of the 20 or so celebrities who have agreed to appear on "Pop Fiction" in the hopes of duping the paparazzi.    (AP Photo/Chris Weeks)
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(Newser) – Avril Lavigne with a baby bump. Paris Hilton out with a monk. Ashton Kutcher's plans to punk gossip rags by teaming up with celebrity friends to serve fake news stories doesn't have many editors shaking in their boots, the New York Daily News reports. “A fake belly doesn’t get by us," one says in dissing "Pop Fiction," Kutcher's new E! vehicle.

Star ran the pics of Paris and her guru but reported it as a stunt. “We never took it seriously,” one editor says. “After a while, you learn what smells.” What would it take for the “typical conceited celebrity" to succeed? “If Britney turned out to be sane and it was all a Kutcher hoax, that would be a story!”