Hayden Panettiere was in the headlines this week for two different things: one for yelling at a reporter while in Hawaii, and secondly, for allegedly wanting her ex Milo Ventimiglia fired from Heroes.
But Hayden wanted to clear up the two stories and tell her side, so she spoke to Ok! magazine today. First she addressed the Hawaii story, which she said was blown out of proportion.
She says, "I have tremendous respect for the media and reporters – particularly the press who treat the people they are interviewing with dignity. I am appreciative that the press has supported me, my career, and especially the causes I feel passionately about. While in Hawaii, one reporter grabbed me suddenly from behind and frightened me. It happens. Typically, the press has treated me with great respect."
Ok, we’ll give her that. We wouldn’t want anyone grabbing us suddenly either! But why did she have to tell the rest of the reporters on the red carpet that they make her life miserable? We’ll chalk that up to a bad day.
The second rumor floating around this week was that Hayden wanted Milo fired from the show Heroes
, which they both work on. Sources had said Hayden didn’t even want to be on set when he was there. As for that story, Hayden says, "Milo and I are very close. We have enjoyed and continue to enjoy working together."
Now that sounds like a PR-contrived response if we’ve ever heard one! We had heard Hayden was even lobbying to producers to get his character killed off, and Milo was shocked and didn’t want to stoop to her level.
But ultimately, we couldn’t imagine the producers ever letting her get away with that. Plus show creator Tim Kring told Ok! magazine that whatever’s going on between Hayden and Milo will not affect the outcome of the show. He says, "The final decision about which characters live and die on Heroes rests with me. I've made no announcement yet as to who will return and who won't."