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Paris Hilton drops out of Billboard Awards

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Heiress Paris Hilton has opted to drop out of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Hilton recently dropped out citing that she wasn't OK with cracking scripted jokes about the nominees, who included some of her friends, Entertainmentwise.com reported.

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"It is my understanding that some satirical references ridiculed some of her peers," said Hilton's publicist, Elliot Mintz.

"Paris did not want to say anything that could appear hurtful or embarrassing about people she knows," he added.

It is not known who will replace Hilton at the Las Vegas ceremony.

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