The Paparazzi's Dumbest Questions: What They Ask to Get the Most Valuable Shot

by Raphael Chestang 3:16 PM PDT, May 20, 2015
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We're all familiar with the ubiquitous paparazzi photos of celebrities that appear on websites and magazine covers, but what fans don't see is what it took to get the picture. Now, ET is turning the camera around on the paparazzi, exposing their tactics for getting reactions out of celebs.

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Somewhere along the line photographers discovered that they might get a rise out of stars if they're pelted with provoking questions or comments, and if the celebs lash out that could make for a more valuable picture. The right shot could sell for tens of thousands of dollars, but some of the things that come out of paparazzi's mouths are priceless.

"Certain videographers like to ask dumb questions," Miles Diggs of 24/7 Paps told ET. "Totally out of the blue, 'What kind of pizza do you like?' and stuff like that."

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Diggs and partner Cesar Pena track celebrities in New York City.

"Kim [Kardashian] is the hierarchy of it all and then it goes to like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, now Lindsay Lohan," Pena told ET. "Then you get like Beyoncé and Jay Z, those are kind of our top five."

Actress Lea Thompson told ET that she can spot when a paparazzo is trying to get under her skin, but she just lets it roll off her back.

"They always ask me about Howard the Duck and expect me to get all up in their face," Thompson told ET.

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So what are the worst things that paparazzi have shouted at celebrities?

Watch the video to see what kinds of reactions are had when one paparazzo asks Kathy Griffin about a random Ludacris lyric, while another asks Maria Shriver, "If you had to put the faces of four people on a new Mt. Rushmore, who would it be?"