Tuesday, March 5, 2002
Los Angeles Amy Fisher is out and Paula Jones is in as Tonya Harding's "Celebrity Boxing" opponent, Fox announced Saturday.
Network spokesman Joe Earley declined to comment on why the "Long Island Lolita" is being replaced by one of former President Clinton's earliest accusers.
"Paula is eager to participate in the special, which certainly will make for a lively match against Tonya," Earley said. The program will air March 13.
Jones, who lives in Cabot, Ark., told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette she's not concerned about the notorious skater. Her only fear: the safety of her new nose job.
"Of course, that's my first concern as a woman, messing my face up," she said. "I just got my nose done, and I don't want to mess it up."
Also on the special, former "Brady Bunch" star Barry Williams will be pitted against Danny Bonaduce, once part of TV's "Partridge Family."
The network said the fights will be real, each lasting three rounds.
Harding gained notoriety when, in January 1994, the figure-skating champ was involved in a bungled plot hatched by her ex-husband to disable her rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Kerrigan took the silver medal while Harding, who finished eighth in the Winter Olympics, later pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Jones filed a lawsuit against Clinton, claiming he made an unwelcome sexual advance in 1991 in a Little Rock hotel room while he was Arkansas governor and she was a state employee. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit.
Fisher made headlines as "the Long Island Lolita" when, as a teen-ager having an affair with auto mechanic Joey Buttafuoco, she shot and wounded his wife in 1992. Fisher served almost seven years in prison.
A third celebrity-boxing pairing has yet to be announced, Fox said.