Speaking out. Kathy Hilton apologized for her onstage behavior fans deemed rude during Mariska Hargitay’s speech at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards

“I apologize, Mariska, I am really sorry… I look forward to talking to you,” she said during a Friday, December 9, interview with Extra.

She continued, “I would never do anything to be rude intentionally and I’m really sorry, it was my first time being back on the stage with some of the girls too.”

PCAs: Kathy Hilton Slammed, Was 'Rude' to Mariska Hargitay
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Kathy, 63, presented the Law & Order star with the Drama TV Star award alongside her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmates. As Mariska, 53, was giving her thank you speech, the A-lister was seen retrieving lipstick out of her silver clutch and reapplying the product. The act led fans to condemn the Bravo star for her behavior.

“Kathy Hilton putting on lipstick while someone gives an emotional acceptance speech is disrespectful,” one Twitter user wrote on Tuesday, December 6, shortly after the annual awards show concluded. “How extraordinarily rude @KathyHilton,” another person tweeted the next day, adding, “I cannot believe I (and every other viewer) just watched you apply lipstick, blot it and SIGH in the middle of Mariska Hargitay’s @peopleschoice award acceptance speech. Doesn’t get any more self-absorbed than that. Shame on you.” 

However, Kathy claimed that she was really looking for a tissue inside her clutch. “I actually thought I was going to sneeze and you don’t want to hear me sneeze, it’s the loudest sneeze, I was looking for a tissue, I didn’t have a tissue or a hanky, so I got nervous and just put some lipstick on and it was during her speech so I thought the camera isn’t going to be focused on me,” she admitted to the publication.

Although Kathy’s onstage touch-up caught the attention of viewers at home, Mariska gave a heartfelt acceptance speech.

“What an unbelievable honor this is,” Mariska gushed while holding her gold trophy. “I have to say I’m honored for a few reasons, but one of them is because I have such a different and special connection with my people. With my fans. It’s such a deep and intimate and personal connection because we all carry so much. Thank you for this.” 

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress explained that she loves her award “because of the two words in it.” 

“‘People,’ and that’s people from all origins, ethnicities, creeds, gender, identities, that make this whole glorious mix of all of us that is the human race,” Mariska explained. “And the second word that’s even more important is ‘Choice.’ So, I just want to celebrate our ability in all of us, the willingness in all of us, to choose kindness and compassion and courage and to choose to listen, and to learn and to build a bridge between our differences and our divides. That’s more important than ever right now.” 

As Mariska concluded her gracious speech, Kathy could be seen applauding the award winner and smiling before the cameras cut. 

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star made headlines in late October when she publicly called her costars Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne “bullies” and accused them of fabricating drama on the show. 

“Those two are desperate for a storyline, and they want to just … you know, they’ll throw anybody under the bus,” Kathy alleged in an October 21 interview with TMZ. “You watch, they’re all gonna start turning on each other.” 

When asked whether she had spoken to Lisa, 59, behind the scenes, Kathy clarified she had not. 

As for whether the reality TV star will return to the series, Kathy said she would “absolutely not” with the present cast. 

“I feel there are two bullies that intimidate a lot of the other girls,” she continued. “A couple speak up, but most of them … they’re not being their authentic [selves].” 

Upon noticing her costar’s comments, Lisa responded by sharing a message via her Instagram Stories, which read, “I’m a firm believer the truth will come out. You might as well save yourself the energy and be honest from the start.”