The Word: James Lipton was a pimp?
Wait. This is crazy. So, so crazy: Apparently, long before he hosted “Inside the Actors Studio,” James Lipton enjoyed a brief but profitable stint as a pimp in Paris, he admits to Parade magazine.
“It was only a few years after [World War II]. Paris was different then, still poor,” he says, explaining that running a bordello gave him enough to live on for a year.
“I did a roaring business. 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’s feelings about the practice of prostitution have clearly changed, though: “I think if you can’t earn it on your own, then you don’t deserve it.”