'Inside the Actors Studio' host talks pimp past
James Lipton had a colorful career in the Paris of the 1950s before becoming host of Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio."
May 29th, 2013
01:02 PM ET

'Inside the Actors Studio' host talks pimp past

The tables were turned on inquisitive talk-show host James Lipton recently, and he found himself reminiscing about his days as a pimp.

As it turns out, before becoming famous on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio," Lipton "represented" Parisian ladies of the night in the '50s.

"It was only a few years after the war. Paris was different then, still poor," Lipton recently told Parade magazine. "Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into 'le milieu.' ”

He told Parade that he got into the profession through a friend, who was working as a prostitute and offered to set him up. Soon enough, he was representing not only his friend but also "a whole bordello."

"I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year," Lipton recalled. "The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life."

Lipton moved on to become an actor-writer-producer and, of course, host of "Inside the Actors Studio." The series, which has featured Lipton exploring the art of drama with famous thespians since 1994, will celebrate its 250th episode on Wednesday night.


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  1. JJ

    What a JOKE he is..............
    This is information we really didn't need to know.

    May 31, 2013 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. THEY HAD A FIGHT...PARA CLOWN NOT RELEVANT...

    He's not gay and neither am i.....

    wrong again pliny

    May 30, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Pliny

    I didn't say he was gay, nor did I say you were, whoever 'you' are you fking idiot.

    May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |

    Pliny

    That beautiful Mr. Lipton can pimp for me anytime. I wonder if he'd be ok representing a gay man-w h o r e?

    May 30, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Pliny

    Pliny-troll,

    He could pimp for your mother.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |

    Pliny

    My god, you have a rapier wit, Pliny. I haven't seen such a quick, intelligent, original comeback like that since the 3rd grade.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

    None of us care what she thinks...

    a sore loser is a sore loser

    May 30, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Everyone knows i'm not mr. plimpton either...making me unattractive doesn't work either.

    but again ... a good attempt.

    May 30, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

    U R a worthless Troll...

    May 30, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |

    Sorry we all saw it...

    get a move on

    May 30, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Los

    For all those close minded people who are hating this man for what he did in the past. How in the world can people find work in a war torn France. Hmmmm what options do you have. How do you eat? With what job? Government assistance? There was no governmnet, no jobs. You ask yourself how do you eat? Feed your kids, pay rent. There is one one of these solutions... Robbing people or sell your ass! the harsh reality is women coldnt be thieves outright but had to sell the their bodies and what Lipton did was to make sure he gave good and safe clients to the women..yes it may be wrong but you have to understand this was normal in a war torn country and the French looked at this as acceptable back in the day. So please open your mind and look at the reality of things. Its sad that people have to do the things they have to do to survive. But its the real world...

    May 30, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Richard

    There is no shame anymore. Americans will tolerate ANYTHING as long as it entertains them. Meanwhile, on the insanity flip-side, every little slight, hurt feeling, or construed criticism leads to lawsuits. What a nation of rank sissies the U.S. is turning into.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:10 am | Report abuse | Reply

    heywood

    Destined for 3rd world status. Very sad

    May 30, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |

    Mariner II

    It occurs to me that celebrities get a pass on a lot of things in life. While I can appreciate Lipton's accomplishments, would you really give this man a job if he put on his resume that one of those accomplisments was that he was a good pimp? How about having your daughter work with him as an intern? No it isn't our job to judge him that's for the authorities. But at the same time, we shouldn't be making light of it either. There are millions of woman world wide that are in fact brutally treated by PIMPS in the human trafficking business and it's no joke. It's not even cute. It's not awesome or whatever else you want to throw at it to glamorize it. Not for the woman and not for the families that lose their kids this way. Lipton should at the very least be smart enough to not discuss his questionable past, this recent expose just illustrates how really out of touch he is with reality on a certain level. Would you make the rounds socially and share this info about your past? I rest my case.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse | Reply

    wanfuforever

    maggiemcneill.wordpress.com Now you know the real story.

    May 30, 2013 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |

    she posted a baby announcement and your having a boy....

    hello?

    May 30, 2013 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Alvarez

    I heard his turds have a very pleasant scent.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply

    JGN

    Yeh I don't know. I'm usually the first to snarl at any man anywhere who would admit to pimping...but is it a poor justification or is it a truthful picture of a very different time when he reminds us that everyone was starving after the war and there were no jobs and it was just one of the things that happened during the 50s in Paris? Obviously there were plenty of paying customers from other countries. Did it for a year, then spent decades and decades being a good writer, etc...I think I'd give him a pass. People, it was something he did during hard times SIXTY years ago.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply

    shawn l

    How is it any different than being an agent?

    May 30, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |

    hjgjhg

    Lipton is the man. I respect him a lot more now.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Cactus

    Are you wanting to get a few pointers from him?

    May 30, 2013 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |

    agentxyz

    Ah the good ole days, when I was a pimp in gay Paree.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Disgrunteled American

    ITs sad how some people can justify anything!Oh !Iwas not a bad guy I just helped women olwer their self esteem by selling their bodies and I took some of the money they erned by selling their bodies just to eat!!Oh man I was helping the economy!!What a sleeze bag!!

    May 30, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Shawn L

    Don't fall of your high horse, you will break your neck.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |

    Hapsberg Prince

    So is it safe to assume that during that year he had a 'Ho – Ho – Ho' Merry Christmas?

    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Timothy

    And who would expect anything less except for him to be a good pimp, after all, pimping is a very nobel profession (Hint hint, sarcasm).

    May 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Mary

    I always found this man to be a pompous ass on television, and I guess he was just as disgusting back in the 1950s.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Larry the Pimp

    Hey, now...you shut yo ass befo I shuts it fo you, beyotch! Ain't nuffin wrong wit pimpin. A mans gotta eat, am I right?

    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Brian, Detroit, MI

    The only good pimp is a dead pimp.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |

    Operations

    Get this sorry piece of work off the air.

    I was a fan of "Actor's Studio". Now – forget it.

    Pimps are pimps. It is that simple. This man has no business on network television.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Brian

    Shut up, loser. You obviously didn't read the article you fat pig.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |

    Alvarez

    Brian sounds like a boy longing for a face full of my famous trouser chili.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |

    californiarestinpeace

    Three people each judging each other. We're all the same guys, get used to it.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |

    Disgrunteled American

    Brian another sleezbag!defending another sleezbag!I think yo are the one who cant read!!so what grade did you quit school 3rd or 4th??

    May 30, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |

    Grim Reaper

    Good pimp like an honest politician.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Bamador

    Why is this a story? I heard about this YEARS ago.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    111Dave111

    You are reading "The Marquee Blog" looking for news?

    Just another Smart-Asss Troll.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |

    wrap2tyt

    ... that's right baby, cause... "...pimp'in ain't easy..."

    May 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Brian, Detroit, MI

    The only way we can fix society is to push through a law that says we can shoot any pimp we see and get rewarded for it.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |

    al is a friend and wants me as his girlfriend...as the setups hear every day

    i've said this 4 million times....there is more her let's try even if its platonic...let's try...al is my friend
    he wants me too be his girlfriend i am not ready....stop worrying about all this fear you have and
    let's move forward.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Give al a chance, he's been there for you

    Don't be coy. Let him lick your unshaved pits, and slide his hand up your stubbly legs. Let him park his leather yacht in your hair harbor. Just don't make him sleep in the wet spot.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |

    Fiona

    The man has always come across as so creepy, oily, and cloying that it is not difficult al all to see him as a pi mp. Repulsive.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    OMG

    I love that you said oily. Perfect! Buah hahahahahahaha!

    May 30, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |

    you sent the tweets about kin next year (ladies)

    you went into cap 1 ...this is not news either.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    you started it at taylor....not me

    thanks

    May 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Jack

    That's cool that mainstream media is reporting on this non-news. Firstly, Lipton discussed it on Opie and Anthony in March. Secondly, it occurred 60 years ago.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    All Female Liar Setups -

    which will stop as soon as i see him....

    May 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |

    anne

    Haha that's awesome! Is anyone else reminded of Will Ferrel's Character in "Cop Out"?

    May 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Jeff

    You're thinking of "The Other Guys."

    May 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |

    Dry Dreams

    No worries

    May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    BukkakeJack

    "Is James Lipton gonna have to choke a b1.t.c.h?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Mickey the Mick

    Ok, now that was absolutely the funniest thing I've seen on here in a while. Hilarious Chappelle....

    May 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |

    Where's boo...is he mad

    The guy is amazing he buys whatever they tell him.

    May 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Nobody at the mansion...

    love this man he's the bomb

    May 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    sweetlito

    I can't believe you people are trying to justify him being a pimp and accepting his own justification of it. It was the 50's. It was Paris. The woman wanted to be hoes. Are you for real!

    May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    The War Criminal General Sherman

    I wonder how many of Jimmy's h0's were previously raped by members of "the greatest generation"?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Bob

    We could use a man like General Sherman again.

    May 30, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |

    Mary Walker

    If the men couldn't find work, how did they pay? Non-French tourists?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Lol

    LOL @ the people saying they lost respect for him. Read the article, in those times it was acceptable and jobs were extremely hard to come by after the war. If those women wanted to do it who are you criticize them and him for helping them? I bet your fat. LOL

    May 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Duh

    I like this

    May 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |

    stating the obvious

    Mr. Lipton is a genius. This is nothing more different than actors/actresses or anyone with an agent today. All these people voluntarily sell themselves, unlike the modern pimp who abuses and exploits for personal gain and giving nothing to the person who makes the money. Pimping was once a classy thing to do and was mostly done by women, who maintained the health and safety of whoever wanted to be in that kind of industry. Educate yourself on the subject before you start judging. @The Mom Me- you got it!!! and @Barbara- Dunce

    May 29, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    OMG

    You are making it up as you go along. No one wants to do what you are talking about for money. It is an unnatural inclination. I don't believe you even believe your own words. Stop being contrary.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |

    Laura

    What a hoot!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Druff

    "You know it's hard out here for a James Lipton!"

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    David D.

    Just lost all respect for him. Pimps are the lowest form of life on the planet. No better than raw sewage.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    TheWanderer

    Ignorant, intolerant American...

    May 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |

    Bois de Boulogne

    This wasn't exactly a state secret you know.

    May 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Mick

    Right, yeah, you get it, huh?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Baalzabarber

    other than actors

    May 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |

    JoshO

    If only Will Ferrell was still on SNL...I'm dying to see him do Lipton as pimp!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    BradeLunner

    mon dieu que ce serait amusant

    May 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

    Yakobi

    Isn't he still doing something similar: interviewing celebrities with softball questions who are only on the show to promote their latest project?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kica

    I know as a woman I'm gonna take a little flack for this. But I think this is too funny simple because it's the LAST thing I would expect ( no matter what language he said it in)! Paaaahahaha Big Pimpin'!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Maynard

    Just think of the business he could have now, pimping all those gorgeous actresses !!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Maynard

    I wish he would pimp Courtney Cox to me !!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Archibald

    This is easily the best thing I've read all day. I did NOT see that coming.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kica

    IKR!! I personally thinks it's hilarious considering who it is!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

    S Kyle

    Wow! Finally... I knew there had to be something interesting about this buffoon. I just knew it!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    John

    Funny, a nobody wannabe anything criticizing a successful person. How shocking. He's worthy of an article about his past, what national publication has asked about you?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |

    deathwombat

    @John: Because if you're not successful, you don't get to have an opinion!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |

    BradeLunner

    deathwombat
    Not one that counts

    May 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Matt

    so if you use a few french words its cheeky and fun instead of slimey and sad?

    Does this work with racism as well? I had no idea ~ puke.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kica

    Nope it doesn't so don't even go there.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

    the next idiot

    Limptons b!tches better be using Jimmys!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Antony

    Hard to blame him for the culture he was living in.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    bandeti

    Yep, let's all pass judgement on something done 60+ years ago.

    Hey, how about that new Snoop Lion CD?

    May 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    devin

    "Oh, forget about that silly stuff that guy named Hitler did, it was 70 years ago". See how your idiotic logic works?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |

    'Lil America

    Who's Hitler?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |

    bandeti

    Idiot Logic? It's you who must be an idiot comparing Hitler and James Lipton. What kind of stretch is that? And you didn't make any mention of how a former pimp, Snoop Dog, Snoop Lion or whoever the hell he pothead is right now, selling all those CDs and downloads. You want to take issue, take it up with something a little more current and lead a boycott against ol' Snoopy. See where that goes.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |

    OMG

    Yes, less pass judgement on stuff that happened sixty years ago. That man is revising the facts for his own benefit, like he is trying to earn some street credit or something. Why else would a nasty old codger drudge up something so repulsive and offensive. What an insensitive disgusting person. What is particularly egregious about this entire situation is how he congratulates himself on his "year". Made my stomach turn, it sure did.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |

    Barbara

    Well, lah-dee-frickin' dah for him. Just love the way he sanitizes the whole thing. The idea that he couldn't keep his mouth shut about it shows that he doesn't get that it is a mean, shameful misogynistic thing. Sorry fella, it really does matter what people think of you, and being an unapologetic former pimp makes you a heel.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Mr. Lipton

    Barbara, you're a very stupid, narrow minded person.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |

    pointless1

    I'll be willing to bet you have given up for a dinner and a movie... What does that make you in the end of it all. Get the heII over yourself.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |

    michael

    Barbara Im guessing your kinda fat and ugly and maybe a little bitter right?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Hey now, Babs...

    Give the man a break. He was doing those w h o r e s a service, really. They couldn't just go w h o r i n g around unsupervised, could they? They need direction, management, a guy in a zoot suit and wide brim hat to handle the sales and promotion side of the business. Those w h o r e s don't have time for all that.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |

    OMG

    Well said, uh hu, BRAVO! I agree. Entire story is repulsive and nauseating. Will never, ever watch him again. Now he just seems like a nasty perverted climber.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |

    Teamski

    And he makes it sound so honorable and innocent. I lost any respect I had for him.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Barbara

    Good post, Teamski. Thanks!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |

    michael

    well I guess ill lose some sleep over that. what the hell are we to do wahh

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |

    Lenny

    Boo hooo...what will a successful TV host,actor,producer do in life after losing respect from a nobody troll on internet..boohoo

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

    michael

    its more honorable than welfare. I bet you've given it up for dinner and a movie or less.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Big Fan

    I agree this is nothing to be proud of.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |

    toonah

    So his job didn't change all that much.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    michael

    ok I know you think you are clever but no just stupid

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Paul

    Somewhere, Will Ferrell bolted upright out of a deep sleep. A late-night phone call was placed to Lorne Michaels. Will said to himself, "A Lipton impression built around this scandal is the very career revival I've dreamt about."

    May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    TheNation

    I don't think his career needs a revival, his fame is still quite massive

    May 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |

    Mr C

    Pimpin ain't easy....a prelude to future endaviours!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    sly

    A very smart man, very entertaining, one of the most talented guys in all of show biz.

    I should've known he was also smart enough to help women earn a living.

    Way to go dude! My respect for you has risen.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Jimbo = straight pimpin'

    May 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    VOTED: AS IGNORABLE...THANKS

    =

    May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    The Mom Me

    Wow I never would have guessed. It's true though that it is like being an agent to an entertainer so I guess that progression makes perfect sense.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Gross

    I like him even more now.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    David

    I agree!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Pliny

    Dear Alvarez Diary,

    I wrote another poop post on the internet today.
    That's 1000 days in a row I've made the same joke.
    These posts are the high-point of my day.
    Writing poop posts will be the crowning achievment of my life.
    Mommy just shakes her head in shame when I come out of her basement (where I live) and tell her this.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Boo

    Apparently your mommy doesn't pay enough attention to you. You need to get a life. You're pathetic.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Pliny

    Dear Pliny Diary:

    I took yet another man for a lover today. His name is Rico and I just love the feel of his soft leathery balls against my cheek. Hopefully this relationship will last longer than the others. Men are such complicated creatures that I sometimes forget that I am a man myself.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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    May 30, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PARA CLOWN NOT RELEVANT

    He's not gay and neither am i.....

    wrong again pliny

    May 30, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Pliny

    I didn't say he was gay, nor did I say you were, whoever 'you' are you fking idiot.

    May 30, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |

    Pliny

    That beautiful Mr. Lipton can pimp for me anytime. I wonder if he'd be ok representing a gay man-w h o r e?

    May 30, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Pliny

    Pliny-troll,

    He could pimp for your mother.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |

    Pliny

    My god, you have a rapier wit, Pliny. I haven't seen such a quick, intelligent, original comeback like that since the 3rd grade.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |

    None of us care what she thinks...

    a sore loser is a sore loser

    May 30, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Everyone knows i'm not mr. plimpton either...making me unattractive doesn't work either.

    but again ... a good attempt.

    May 30, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

    U R a worthless Troll...

    May 30, 2013 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |

    Sorry we all saw it...

    get a move on

    May 30, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Los

    For all those close minded people who are hating this man for what he did in the past. How in the world can people find work in a war torn France. Hmmmm what options do you have. How do you eat? With what job? Government assistance? There was no governmnet, no jobs. You ask yourself how do you eat? Feed your kids, pay rent. There is one one of these solutions... Robbing people or sell your ass! the harsh reality is women coldnt be thieves outright but had to sell the their bodies and what Lipton did was to make sure he gave good and safe clients to the women..yes it may be wrong but you have to understand this was normal in a war torn country and the French looked at this as acceptable back in the day. So please open your mind and look at the reality of things. Its sad that people have to do the things they have to do to survive. But its the real world...

    May 30, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Richard

    There is no shame anymore. Americans will tolerate ANYTHING as long as it entertains them. Meanwhile, on the insanity flip-side, every little slight, hurt feeling, or construed criticism leads to lawsuits. What a nation of rank sissies the U.S. is turning into.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:10 am | Report abuse | Reply

    heywood

    Destined for 3rd world status. Very sad

    May 30, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |

    Mariner II

    It occurs to me that celebrities get a pass on a lot of things in life. While I can appreciate Lipton's accomplishments, would you really give this man a job if he put on his resume that one of those accomplisments was that he was a good pimp? How about having your daughter work with him as an intern? No it isn't our job to judge him that's for the authorities. But at the same time, we shouldn't be making light of it either. There are millions of woman world wide that are in fact brutally treated by PIMPS in the human trafficking business and it's no joke. It's not even cute. It's not awesome or whatever else you want to throw at it to glamorize it. Not for the woman and not for the families that lose their kids this way. Lipton should at the very least be smart enough to not discuss his questionable past, this recent expose just illustrates how really out of touch he is with reality on a certain level. Would you make the rounds socially and share this info about your past? I rest my case.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse | Reply

    wanfuforever

    maggiemcneill.wordpress.com Now you know the real story.

    May 30, 2013 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |

    she posted a baby announcement and your having a boy....

    hello?

    May 30, 2013 at 3:00 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Alvarez

    I heard his turds have a very pleasant scent.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply

    JGN

    Yeh I don't know. I'm usually the first to snarl at any man anywhere who would admit to pimping...but is it a poor justification or is it a truthful picture of a very different time when he reminds us that everyone was starving after the war and there were no jobs and it was just one of the things that happened during the 50s in Paris? Obviously there were plenty of paying customers from other countries. Did it for a year, then spent decades and decades being a good writer, etc...I think I'd give him a pass. People, it was something he did during hard times SIXTY years ago.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply

    shawn l

    How is it any different than being an agent?

    May 30, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |

    hjgjhg

    Lipton is the man. I respect him a lot more now.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Cactus

    Are you wanting to get a few pointers from him?

    May 30, 2013 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |

    agentxyz

    Ah the good ole days, when I was a pimp in gay Paree.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Disgrunteled American

    ITs sad how some people can justify anything!Oh !Iwas not a bad guy I just helped women olwer their self esteem by selling their bodies and I took some of the money they erned by selling their bodies just to eat!!Oh man I was helping the economy!!What a sleeze bag!!

    May 30, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Shawn L

    Don't fall of your high horse, you will break your neck.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |

    Hapsberg Prince

    So is it safe to assume that during that year he had a 'Ho – Ho – Ho' Merry Christmas?

    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Timothy

    And who would expect anything less except for him to be a good pimp, after all, pimping is a very nobel profession (Hint hint, sarcasm).

    May 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Mary

    I always found this man to be a pompous ass on television, and I guess he was just as disgusting back in the 1950s.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Larry the Pimp

    Hey, now...you shut yo ass befo I shuts it fo you, beyotch! Ain't nuffin wrong wit pimpin. A mans gotta eat, am I right?

    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Brian, Detroit, MI

    The only good pimp is a dead pimp.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |

    Operations

    Get this sorry piece of work off the air.

    I was a fan of "Actor's Studio". Now – forget it.

    Pimps are pimps. It is that simple. This man has no business on network television.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Brian

    Shut up, loser. You obviously didn't read the article you fat pig.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |

    Alvarez

    Brian sounds like a boy longing for a face full of my famous trouser chili.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |

    californiarestinpeace

    Three people each judging each other. We're all the same guys, get used to it.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |

    Disgrunteled American

    Brian another sleezbag!defending another sleezbag!I think yo are the one who cant read!!so what grade did you quit school 3rd or 4th??

    May 30, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |

    Grim Reaper

    Good pimp like an honest politician.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Bamador

    Why is this a story? I heard about this YEARS ago.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    111Dave111

    You are reading "The Marquee Blog" looking for news?

    Just another Smart-Asss Troll.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |

    wrap2tyt

    ... that's right baby, cause... "...pimp'in ain't easy..."

    May 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Brian, Detroit, MI

    The only way we can fix society is to push through a law that says we can shoot any pimp we see and get rewarded for it.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |

    al is a friend and wants me as his girlfriend...as the setups hear every day

    i've said this 4 million times....there is more her let's try even if its platonic...let's try...al is my friend
    he wants me too be his girlfriend i am not ready....stop worrying about all this fear you have and
    let's move forward.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Give al a chance, he's been there for you

    Don't be coy. Let him lick your unshaved pits, and slide his hand up your stubbly legs. Let him park his leather yacht in your hair harbor. Just don't make him sleep in the wet spot.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |

    Fiona

    The man has always come across as so creepy, oily, and cloying that it is not difficult al all to see him as a pi mp. Repulsive.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    OMG

    I love that you said oily. Perfect! Buah hahahahahahaha!

    May 30, 2013 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |

    you sent the tweets about kin next year (ladies)

    you went into cap 1 ...this is not news either.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    you started it at taylor....not me

    thanks

    May 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Jack

    That's cool that mainstream media is reporting on this non-news. Firstly, Lipton discussed it on Opie and Anthony in March. Secondly, it occurred 60 years ago.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    All Female Liar Setups -

    which will stop as soon as i see him....

    May 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |

    anne

    Haha that's awesome! Is anyone else reminded of Will Ferrel's Character in "Cop Out"?

    May 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Jeff

    You're thinking of "The Other Guys."

    May 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |

    Dry Dreams

    No worries

    May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    BukkakeJack

    "Is James Lipton gonna have to choke a b1.t.c.h?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Mickey the Mick

    Ok, now that was absolutely the funniest thing I've seen on here in a while. Hilarious Chappelle....

    May 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |

    Where's boo...is he mad

    The guy is amazing he buys whatever they tell him.

    May 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Nobody at the mansion...

    love this man he's the bomb

    May 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    sweetlito

    I can't believe you people are trying to justify him being a pimp and accepting his own justification of it. It was the 50's. It was Paris. The woman wanted to be hoes. Are you for real!

    May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    The War Criminal General Sherman

    I wonder how many of Jimmy's h0's were previously raped by members of "the greatest generation"?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Bob

    We could use a man like General Sherman again.

    May 30, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |

    Mary Walker

    If the men couldn't find work, how did they pay? Non-French tourists?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Lol

    LOL @ the people saying they lost respect for him. Read the article, in those times it was acceptable and jobs were extremely hard to come by after the war. If those women wanted to do it who are you criticize them and him for helping them? I bet your fat. LOL

    May 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Duh

    I like this

    May 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |

    stating the obvious

    Mr. Lipton is a genius. This is nothing more different than actors/actresses or anyone with an agent today. All these people voluntarily sell themselves, unlike the modern pimp who abuses and exploits for personal gain and giving nothing to the person who makes the money. Pimping was once a classy thing to do and was mostly done by women, who maintained the health and safety of whoever wanted to be in that kind of industry. Educate yourself on the subject before you start judging. @The Mom Me- you got it!!! and @Barbara- Dunce

    May 29, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    OMG

    You are making it up as you go along. No one wants to do what you are talking about for money. It is an unnatural inclination. I don't believe you even believe your own words. Stop being contrary.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |

    Laura

    What a hoot!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Druff

    "You know it's hard out here for a James Lipton!"

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    David D.

    Just lost all respect for him. Pimps are the lowest form of life on the planet. No better than raw sewage.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    TheWanderer

    Ignorant, intolerant American...

    May 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |

    Bois de Boulogne

    This wasn't exactly a state secret you know.

    May 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Mick

    Right, yeah, you get it, huh?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Baalzabarber

    other than actors

    May 29, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |

    JoshO

    If only Will Ferrell was still on SNL...I'm dying to see him do Lipton as pimp!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    BradeLunner

    mon dieu que ce serait amusant

    May 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |

    Yakobi

    Isn't he still doing something similar: interviewing celebrities with softball questions who are only on the show to promote their latest project?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kica

    I know as a woman I'm gonna take a little flack for this. But I think this is too funny simple because it's the LAST thing I would expect ( no matter what language he said it in)! Paaaahahaha Big Pimpin'!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Maynard

    Just think of the business he could have now, pimping all those gorgeous actresses !!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Maynard

    I wish he would pimp Courtney Cox to me !!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Archibald

    This is easily the best thing I've read all day. I did NOT see that coming.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kica

    IKR!! I personally thinks it's hilarious considering who it is!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |

    S Kyle

    Wow! Finally... I knew there had to be something interesting about this buffoon. I just knew it!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    John

    Funny, a nobody wannabe anything criticizing a successful person. How shocking. He's worthy of an article about his past, what national publication has asked about you?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |

    deathwombat

    @John: Because if you're not successful, you don't get to have an opinion!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |

    BradeLunner

    deathwombat
    Not one that counts

    May 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Matt

    so if you use a few french words its cheeky and fun instead of slimey and sad?

    Does this work with racism as well? I had no idea ~ puke.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Kica

    Nope it doesn't so don't even go there.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |

    the next idiot

    Limptons b!tches better be using Jimmys!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Antony

    Hard to blame him for the culture he was living in.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    bandeti

    Yep, let's all pass judgement on something done 60+ years ago.

    Hey, how about that new Snoop Lion CD?

    May 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    devin

    "Oh, forget about that silly stuff that guy named Hitler did, it was 70 years ago". See how your idiotic logic works?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |

    'Lil America

    Who's Hitler?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |

    bandeti

    Idiot Logic? It's you who must be an idiot comparing Hitler and James Lipton. What kind of stretch is that? And you didn't make any mention of how a former pimp, Snoop Dog, Snoop Lion or whoever the hell he pothead is right now, selling all those CDs and downloads. You want to take issue, take it up with something a little more current and lead a boycott against ol' Snoopy. See where that goes.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |

    OMG

    Yes, less pass judgement on stuff that happened sixty years ago. That man is revising the facts for his own benefit, like he is trying to earn some street credit or something. Why else would a nasty old codger drudge up something so repulsive and offensive. What an insensitive disgusting person. What is particularly egregious about this entire situation is how he congratulates himself on his "year". Made my stomach turn, it sure did.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |

    Barbara

    Well, lah-dee-frickin' dah for him. Just love the way he sanitizes the whole thing. The idea that he couldn't keep his mouth shut about it shows that he doesn't get that it is a mean, shameful misogynistic thing. Sorry fella, it really does matter what people think of you, and being an unapologetic former pimp makes you a heel.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Mr. Lipton

    Barbara, you're a very stupid, narrow minded person.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |

    pointless1

    I'll be willing to bet you have given up for a dinner and a movie... What does that make you in the end of it all. Get the heII over yourself.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |

    michael

    Barbara Im guessing your kinda fat and ugly and maybe a little bitter right?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |

    Hey now, Babs...

    Give the man a break. He was doing those w h o r e s a service, really. They couldn't just go w h o r i n g around unsupervised, could they? They need direction, management, a guy in a zoot suit and wide brim hat to handle the sales and promotion side of the business. Those w h o r e s don't have time for all that.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |

    OMG

    Well said, uh hu, BRAVO! I agree. Entire story is repulsive and nauseating. Will never, ever watch him again. Now he just seems like a nasty perverted climber.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |

    Teamski

    And he makes it sound so honorable and innocent. I lost any respect I had for him.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Barbara

    Good post, Teamski. Thanks!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |

    michael

    well I guess ill lose some sleep over that. what the hell are we to do wahh

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |

    Lenny

    Boo hooo...what will a successful TV host,actor,producer do in life after losing respect from a nobody troll on internet..boohoo

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

    michael

    its more honorable than welfare. I bet you've given it up for dinner and a movie or less.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |

    Big Fan

    I agree this is nothing to be proud of.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |

    toonah

    So his job didn't change all that much.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    michael

    ok I know you think you are clever but no just stupid

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Paul

    Somewhere, Will Ferrell bolted upright out of a deep sleep. A late-night phone call was placed to Lorne Michaels. Will said to himself, "A Lipton impression built around this scandal is the very career revival I've dreamt about."

    May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    TheNation

    I don't think his career needs a revival, his fame is still quite massive

    May 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |

    Mr C

    Pimpin ain't easy....a prelude to future endaviours!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    sly

    A very smart man, very entertaining, one of the most talented guys in all of show biz.

    I should've known he was also smart enough to help women earn a living.

    Way to go dude! My respect for you has risen.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Jimbo = straight pimpin'

    May 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    VOTED: AS IGNORABLE...THANKS

    =

    May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    The Mom Me

    Wow I never would have guessed. It's true though that it is like being an agent to an entertainer so I guess that progression makes perfect sense.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Gross

    I like him even more now.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    David

    I agree!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Pliny

    Dear Alvarez Diary,

    I wrote another poop post on the internet today.
    That's 1000 days in a row I've made the same joke.
    These posts are the high-point of my day.
    Writing poop posts will be the crowning achievment of my life.
    Mommy just shakes her head in shame when I come out of her basement (where I live) and tell her this.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Boo

    Apparently your mommy doesn't pay enough attention to you. You need to get a life. You're pathetic.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Pliny

    Dear Pliny Diary:

    I took yet another man for a lover today. His name is Rico and I just love the feel of his soft leathery balls against my cheek. Hopefully this relationship will last longer than the others. Men are such complicated creatures that I sometimes forget that I am a man myself.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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    May 30, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. He's not gay and neither am i.....

    wrong again pliny

    May 30, 2013 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pliny

    That beautiful Mr. Lipton can pimp for me anytime. I wonder if he'd be ok representing a gay man-w h o r e?

    May 30, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Pliny-troll,

      He could pimp for your mother.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      My god, you have a rapier wit, Pliny. I haven't seen such a quick, intelligent, original comeback like that since the 3rd grade.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. None of us care what she thinks...

    a sore loser is a sore loser

    May 30, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Everyone knows i'm not mr. plimpton either...making me unattractive doesn't work either.

    but again ... a good attempt.

    May 30, 2013 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sorry we all saw it...

    get a move on

    May 30, 2013 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Los

    For all those close minded people who are hating this man for what he did in the past. How in the world can people find work in a war torn France. Hmmmm what options do you have. How do you eat? With what job? Government assistance? There was no governmnet, no jobs. You ask yourself how do you eat? Feed your kids, pay rent. There is one one of these solutions... Robbing people or sell your ass! the harsh reality is women coldnt be thieves outright but had to sell the their bodies and what Lipton did was to make sure he gave good and safe clients to the women..yes it may be wrong but you have to understand this was normal in a war torn country and the French looked at this as acceptable back in the day. So please open your mind and look at the reality of things. Its sad that people have to do the things they have to do to survive. But its the real world...

    May 30, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    There is no shame anymore. Americans will tolerate ANYTHING as long as it entertains them. Meanwhile, on the insanity flip-side, every little slight, hurt feeling, or construed criticism leads to lawsuits. What a nation of rank sissies the U.S. is turning into.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mariner II

    It occurs to me that celebrities get a pass on a lot of things in life. While I can appreciate Lipton's accomplishments, would you really give this man a job if he put on his resume that one of those accomplisments was that he was a good pimp? How about having your daughter work with him as an intern? No it isn't our job to judge him that's for the authorities. But at the same time, we shouldn't be making light of it either. There are millions of woman world wide that are in fact brutally treated by PIMPS in the human trafficking business and it's no joke. It's not even cute. It's not awesome or whatever else you want to throw at it to glamorize it. Not for the woman and not for the families that lose their kids this way. Lipton should at the very least be smart enough to not discuss his questionable past, this recent expose just illustrates how really out of touch he is with reality on a certain level. Would you make the rounds socially and share this info about your past? I rest my case.

    May 30, 2013 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. she posted a baby announcement and your having a boy....

    hello?

    May 30, 2013 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alvarez

    I heard his turds have a very pleasant scent.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. JGN

    Yeh I don't know. I'm usually the first to snarl at any man anywhere who would admit to pimping...but is it a poor justification or is it a truthful picture of a very different time when he reminds us that everyone was starving after the war and there were no jobs and it was just one of the things that happened during the 50s in Paris? Obviously there were plenty of paying customers from other countries. Did it for a year, then spent decades and decades being a good writer, etc...I think I'd give him a pass. People, it was something he did during hard times SIXTY years ago.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. hjgjhg

    Lipton is the man. I respect him a lot more now.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  16. agentxyz

    Ah the good ole days, when I was a pimp in gay Paree.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  17. Disgrunteled American

    ITs sad how some people can justify anything!Oh !Iwas not a bad guy I just helped women olwer their self esteem by selling their bodies and I took some of the money they erned by selling their bodies just to eat!!Oh man I was helping the economy!!What a sleeze bag!!

    May 30, 2013 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  18. Hapsberg Prince

    So is it safe to assume that during that year he had a 'Ho – Ho – Ho' Merry Christmas?

    May 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Timothy

    And who would expect anything less except for him to be a good pimp, after all, pimping is a very nobel profession (Hint hint, sarcasm).

    May 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mary

    I always found this man to be a pompous ass on television, and I guess he was just as disgusting back in the 1950s.

    May 29, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry the Pimp

      Hey, now...you shut yo ass befo I shuts it fo you, beyotch! Ain't nuffin wrong wit pimpin. A mans gotta eat, am I right?

      May 29, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian, Detroit, MI

      The only good pimp is a dead pimp.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  21. Operations

    Get this sorry piece of work off the air.

    I was a fan of "Actor's Studio". Now – forget it.

    Pimps are pimps. It is that simple. This man has no business on network television.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Shut up, loser. You obviously didn't read the article you fat pig.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alvarez

      Brian sounds like a boy longing for a face full of my famous trouser chili.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • californiarestinpeace

      Three people each judging each other. We're all the same guys, get used to it.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Disgrunteled American

      Brian another sleezbag!defending another sleezbag!I think yo are the one who cant read!!so what grade did you quit school 3rd or 4th??

      May 30, 2013 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  22. Grim Reaper

    Good pimp like an honest politician.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Bamador

    Why is this a story? I heard about this YEARS ago.

    May 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      You are reading "The Marquee Blog" looking for news?

      Just another Smart-Asss Troll.

      May 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. wrap2tyt

    ... that's right baby, cause... "...pimp'in ain't easy..."

    May 29, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian, Detroit, MI

      The only way we can fix society is to push through a law that says we can shoot any pimp we see and get rewarded for it.

      May 30, 2013 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  25. al is a friend and wants me as his girlfriend...as the setups hear every day

    i've said this 4 million times....there is more her let's try even if its platonic...let's try...al is my friend
    he wants me too be his girlfriend i am not ready....stop worrying about all this fear you have and
    let's move forward.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Give al a chance, he's been there for you

      Don't be coy. Let him lick your unshaved pits, and slide his hand up your stubbly legs. Let him park his leather yacht in your hair harbor. Just don't make him sleep in the wet spot.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Fiona

    The man has always come across as so creepy, oily, and cloying that it is not difficult al all to see him as a pi mp. Repulsive.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  27. you sent the tweets about kin next year (ladies)

    you went into cap 1 ...this is not news either.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. you started it at taylor....not me

    thanks

    May 29, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jack

    That's cool that mainstream media is reporting on this non-news. Firstly, Lipton discussed it on Opie and Anthony in March. Secondly, it occurred 60 years ago.

    May 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. anne

    Haha that's awesome! Is anyone else reminded of Will Ferrel's Character in "Cop Out"?

    May 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dry Dreams

    No worries

    May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BukkakeJack

    "Is James Lipton gonna have to choke a b1.t.c.h?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey the Mick

      Ok, now that was absolutely the funniest thing I've seen on here in a while. Hilarious Chappelle....

      May 29, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Where's boo...is he mad

    The guy is amazing he buys whatever they tell him.

    May 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nobody at the mansion...

    love this man he's the bomb

    May 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  35. sweetlito

    I can't believe you people are trying to justify him being a pimp and accepting his own justification of it. It was the 50's. It was Paris. The woman wanted to be hoes. Are you for real!

    May 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. The War Criminal General Sherman

    I wonder how many of Jimmy's h0's were previously raped by members of "the greatest generation"?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mary Walker

    If the men couldn't find work, how did they pay? Non-French tourists?

    May 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Lol

    LOL @ the people saying they lost respect for him. Read the article, in those times it was acceptable and jobs were extremely hard to come by after the war. If those women wanted to do it who are you criticize them and him for helping them? I bet your fat. LOL

    May 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. stating the obvious

    Mr. Lipton is a genius. This is nothing more different than actors/actresses or anyone with an agent today. All these people voluntarily sell themselves, unlike the modern pimp who abuses and exploits for personal gain and giving nothing to the person who makes the money. Pimping was once a classy thing to do and was mostly done by women, who maintained the health and safety of whoever wanted to be in that kind of industry. Educate yourself on the subject before you start judging. @The Mom Me- you got it!!! and @Barbara- Dunce

    May 29, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      You are making it up as you go along. No one wants to do what you are talking about for money. It is an unnatural inclination. I don't believe you even believe your own words. Stop being contrary.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  40. Laura

    What a hoot!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Druff

    "You know it's hard out here for a James Lipton!"

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  42. David D.

    Just lost all respect for him. Pimps are the lowest form of life on the planet. No better than raw sewage.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  43. JoshO

    If only Will Ferrell was still on SNL...I'm dying to see him do Lipton as pimp!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Yakobi

    Isn't he still doing something similar: interviewing celebrities with softball questions who are only on the show to promote their latest project?

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Kica

    I know as a woman I'm gonna take a little flack for this. But I think this is too funny simple because it's the LAST thing I would expect ( no matter what language he said it in)! Paaaahahaha Big Pimpin'!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Maynard

    Just think of the business he could have now, pimping all those gorgeous actresses !!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Maynard

    I wish he would pimp Courtney Cox to me !!!!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Archibald

    This is easily the best thing I've read all day. I did NOT see that coming.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. S Kyle

    Wow! Finally... I knew there had to be something interesting about this buffoon. I just knew it!

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Funny, a nobody wannabe anything criticizing a successful person. How shocking. He's worthy of an article about his past, what national publication has asked about you?

      May 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • deathwombat

      @John: Because if you're not successful, you don't get to have an opinion!

      May 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BradeLunner

      deathwombat
      Not one that counts

      May 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Matt

    so if you use a few french words its cheeky and fun instead of slimey and sad?

    Does this work with racism as well? I had no idea ~ puke.

    May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  51. the next idiot

    Limptons b!tches better be using Jimmys!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Antony

    Hard to blame him for the culture he was living in.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  53. bandeti

    Yep, let's all pass judgement on something done 60+ years ago.

    Hey, how about that new Snoop Lion CD?

    May 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • devin

      "Oh, forget about that silly stuff that guy named Hitler did, it was 70 years ago". See how your idiotic logic works?

      May 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • 'Lil America

      Who's Hitler?

      May 29, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bandeti

      Idiot Logic? It's you who must be an idiot comparing Hitler and James Lipton. What kind of stretch is that? And you didn't make any mention of how a former pimp, Snoop Dog, Snoop Lion or whoever the hell he pothead is right now, selling all those CDs and downloads. You want to take issue, take it up with something a little more current and lead a boycott against ol' Snoopy. See where that goes.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Yes, less pass judgement on stuff that happened sixty years ago. That man is revising the facts for his own benefit, like he is trying to earn some street credit or something. Why else would a nasty old codger drudge up something so repulsive and offensive. What an insensitive disgusting person. What is particularly egregious about this entire situation is how he congratulates himself on his "year". Made my stomach turn, it sure did.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  54. Barbara

    Well, lah-dee-frickin' dah for him. Just love the way he sanitizes the whole thing. The idea that he couldn't keep his mouth shut about it shows that he doesn't get that it is a mean, shameful misogynistic thing. Sorry fella, it really does matter what people think of you, and being an unapologetic former pimp makes you a heel.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Lipton

      Barbara, you're a very stupid, narrow minded person.

      May 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      I'll be willing to bet you have given up for a dinner and a movie... What does that make you in the end of it all. Get the heII over yourself.

      May 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      Barbara Im guessing your kinda fat and ugly and maybe a little bitter right?

      May 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey now, Babs...

      Give the man a break. He was doing those w h o r e s a service, really. They couldn't just go w h o r i n g around unsupervised, could they? They need direction, management, a guy in a zoot suit and wide brim hat to handle the sales and promotion side of the business. Those w h o r e s don't have time for all that.

      May 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Well said, uh hu, BRAVO! I agree. Entire story is repulsive and nauseating. Will never, ever watch him again. Now he just seems like a nasty perverted climber.

      May 30, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  55. Teamski

    And he makes it sound so honorable and innocent. I lost any respect I had for him.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      Good post, Teamski. Thanks!

      May 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      well I guess ill lose some sleep over that. what the hell are we to do wahh

      May 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lenny

      Boo hooo...what will a successful TV host,actor,producer do in life after losing respect from a nobody troll on internet..boohoo

      May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      its more honorable than welfare. I bet you've given it up for dinner and a movie or less.

      May 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Fan

      I agree this is nothing to be proud of.

      May 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. toonah

    So his job didn't change all that much.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Paul

    Somewhere, Will Ferrell bolted upright out of a deep sleep. A late-night phone call was placed to Lorne Michaels. Will said to himself, "A Lipton impression built around this scandal is the very career revival I've dreamt about."

    May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheNation

      I don't think his career needs a revival, his fame is still quite massive

      May 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mr C

    Pimpin ain't easy....a prelude to future endaviours!

    May 29, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  59. sly

    A very smart man, very entertaining, one of the most talented guys in all of show biz.

    I should've known he was also smart enough to help women earn a living.

    Way to go dude! My respect for you has risen.

    May 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jimbo = straight pimpin'

    -

    May 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  61. VOTED: AS IGNORABLE...THANKS

    =

    May 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. The Mom Me

    Wow I never would have guessed. It's true though that it is like being an agent to an entertainer so I guess that progression makes perfect sense. :)

    May 29, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Gross

    I like him even more now.

    May 29, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Pliny

    Dear Alvarez Diary,

    I wrote another poop post on the internet today.
    That's 1000 days in a row I've made the same joke.
    These posts are the high-point of my day.
    Writing poop posts will be the crowning achievment of my life.
    Mommy just shakes her head in shame when I come out of her basement (where I live) and tell her this.

    May 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Boo

    Apparently your mommy doesn't pay enough attention to you. You need to get a life. You're pathetic.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Pliny

    Dear Pliny Diary:

    I took yet another man for a lover today. His name is Rico and I just love the feel of his soft leathery balls against my cheek. Hopefully this relationship will last longer than the others. Men are such complicated creatures that I sometimes forget that I am a man myself.

    May 30, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |

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