Gossiper Trades Fat for Fortune

Perez Hilton loses weight, adds radio show to media empire
By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2008 10:22 AM CDT
Perez Hilton attracts stars like N.E.R.D.'s Pharrell Williams attend a Hilton hosted party in Austin, Texas last month.   (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)
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(Newser) – The Starbucks barista who turned his Perez Hilton alter ego into a web and TV sensation is bulking up his multimedia ventures by adding a radio show and slimming down his waistline, reports the Hollywood Reporter. "I want to frickin' jog shirtless in Malibu by the Fourth of July," the self-proclaimed "Gay Latino Oprah" said in a recent blog post.

The pudgy PerezHilton.com blogger, Mario Lavandeira, who has toned down his over-the-top attitude to attract mainstream media suitors, will host a national mini-radio show during rush hour, the Wall Street Journal reports. Also expected later this year are a book and film by Hilton, who is supposedly in talks with Warner Bros. to get his own music label.