Celebrity jailhouse fatigue? The Los Angeles Times says that actor actor Kiefer Sutherland walked out of a Glendale, Ca., jail early yesterday mostly to a collective shrug of tabloid indifference. He’d done 48 days behind bars without fanfare, which the Times says was “judged uninteresting in the age of Britney, Paris, Nicole and Lindsay.” Those in the tabloid said young starlets — not a 41-year-old actor — move photos, especially when it comes to feeding the appetite of celebrity magazines and Hollywood-related gossip blogs and Web sites.
“Youth controls the market,” said Jeff Smith, sales manager for Fame. “And the older you are, the less interesting you are, unless there is something bizarre you are doing. The young Hollywood starlets — that’s what it’s all about.” Frank Griffin, a veteran paparazzo, said tabloids, celebrity magazines, and gossip Web sites are more interested in younger women who look glamorous but are capable of falling on their faces. Sutherland was jailed after pleading no contest to driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit. Said Griffin: “We’ve had enough jail stories. Nobody cares about his release from jail. With Paris, we wanted to see her come out to sashay down the concrete catwalk.”