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Shades of Imus

On 'The Simple Life?'

5/6/2007 4:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Things are going to get a bit racy on the new season of "The Simple Life."

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TMZ has learned that an upcoming episode of the Paris & Nicole "reality" show features actress/fashionista Sally Kirkland playing the socialites' Camp Shawnee acting coach (not that they need any help in the drama department!), and was made to look like Nicole's father, Lionel Richie -- in full on blackface and an afro! Hello!

Sources tell TMZ it was Nicole who somehow talked Kirkland into donning the controversial getup after the two got into a shouting match when Nicole wouldn't perform Shakespeare. To drive, or not to drive! TMZ spies say the taping was simultaneously "frightening and hysterically funny." Much like the paparazzi pals themselves!

A rep for "The Simple Life" had no comment. "The Simple Life Goes to Camp" premieres May 28 on E!

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1.

Gabe    

Sally Kirkland is totally NOT RACIST! She is a Reverend herself, you can see whats she is about at sallykirkland.com and she does all sorts of philanthropic humanitarian work. She goes on the radio and TV and speaks out for the people all the time! I saw her show the other day and she was advocating this group that was going to Africa to feed hungry children.

2598 days ago
2.

So Sad    

I am so excited for the new season of Simple Life. I am so happy that Paris and Nicole are together again - last season sucked! Welcome back you two!!

2674 days ago
3.

mvdd    

Yeah, bring it on the new season of Simple Life! I'm pumped!

SADASA!!!!

mvdd

2674 days ago
4.

hello, it    

Sally Kirkland is rather strange, and very scarey.

2674 days ago
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Julie    

Maybe the next season they can do the Simple Life from prison since it seems likely they both will end up there with their DUI's. Hoping they do accept responsiblity and turn it around to a positive lesson of what not to do for the young folks.

2674 days ago
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jane smith    

Nicole thinks she's white and she's not. If you think that's funny Nicole, why didn't you let her do a take on your REAL life. Making fun of your dad is not funny idiot!

2674 days ago
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wim    

racial issue's should be sooooooooooooo "old school" by now,
this is 2007 isn't it, not that the so called rappers are positioning the blacks in much
"sunlight" lately.
maybe its time for a black female president, any candidates??? name someone , oprah winfrey maybe??
wim

2674 days ago
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Vincent    

I've met Sally -- she's a bit unusual, to be sure, but nevertheless rather sweet and harmless. I only hope for her sake that this Lionel Richie thing is so over-the-top that people can see the humor in it; from what I know about Sally, she wouldn't do it maliciously.

2674 days ago
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my opinion    

If this is true then the stars of the Simple Life should be fired and never heard from again. What is good for Imus should be as good for those two worthless skanks. Why glorify in losers who have no respect for the man who raised Nicole. She is as trashy as Paris.

2674 days ago
10.

METH FACE    

no controversy. no ratings.

2674 days ago
11.

Sweet    

People are too damn sensitive sometimes.

Anyway...Nicole Richie is the one that made the first season so funny

2674 days ago
12.

Missy    

What shade does Nicole think that she is? Making her Dad look bad, is making herself look just as bad. She and her Co-star needs Rehab and Tack.

2674 days ago
13.

Whatareyoudoing?    

The Simple Life from JAIL. OMG, that's a ratings must see!

2674 days ago
14.

Hal    

The name of this show should be changed to The Simple Minds!

2674 days ago
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my opinion    

Sally Kirkland was a sex symbol and wild one in her day. This is Paris in 20 years- A WALKING JOKE that is only highlighted because of her stupidity thinking she is still hot like Sally.

2674 days ago
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