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EXCUSEZ-MOI? James Lipton: I Was a Pimp Anthony Behar/NBCU-Bravo, via Getty

James Lipton: I Was a Pimp

Is this how James Lipton books people for Inside the Actor’s Studio? The actor said Tuesday that he was a pimp in Paris in the 1960s—and he said it was “perfectly respectable” to go into that business. Um, sure, but was it respectable to get into it by a prostitute friend? Because that’s apparently how he got into it. “It was a different time,” Lipton told Parade magazine—so much so that he no longer supports people buying sex.

James Lipton stopped by 'Today' to explain his prurient past.

May 29, 2013 7:16 AM