Perez Hilton stars in Millionaire Matchmaker on Thursday night, set up with one of the stars of Real Housewives of New York.
Hilton, 36, is best known for his celebrity gossip website, which has drawn both praise and scorn.
The intro videos for the matchmaker episode see Hilton proclaiming that he’s learned a lot since he first started the business.
“I kind of lost myself in this character I created, Perez Hilton. There was this big wake up call I had,” he said. The wake-up call was when he participated in making an anti-bullying video but then slammed by people who called him a bully.
“He’s nice, he’s generous, he’s nothing like the media have portrayed him,” said Patti Stanger, the matchmaker for the evening.
Hilton is set up with Sonja Morgan, a successful entrepreneur and star of RHONY, the popular reality show.
Hilton hasn’t been married but he does have a son, Mario. The baby was born in early 2013, although Perez hasn’t revealed the mother’s identity.
“I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy – with lots of hair on his tiny head!” the blogger said on his website. “I am so humbled to welcome this little man into my life. And I am honored and ready for the challenge of guiding him through his.”
“When news first broke that I had a son, I was a trending topic on Twitter for over a day. Some of the reaction was negative, but it didn’t bother me. Most, however, was positive. Children bring people together. There is a bond parents have with other parents,” he added to the Huffington Post.
Hilton also expressed the desire to have more children in the future.
The single father could be a good match for Morgan, who is a single mother after getting a divorce.
Hilton is in better financial straits then his match for the evening–while she’s struggled after a judgement of millions was leveled against her for failing to raise money for a film, Hilton’s website has just kept growing, and he’s worth an estimated $30 million right now.