Tara Reid Changes Image for New TV Role

Tara Reid Changes Image for New TV Role
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08/08/2005 AT 09:00 AM EDT

It's image makeover time for Tara Reid: Forget the party-girl label, she says.

Now she's Tara Reid, journalist.

As part of her new hosting gig on the E! show Wild On, the 29-year-old has been spending the summer jet-setting between the hot spots of Europe, parasailing with Paris Hilton in Greece, driving a Formula One race car in Monte Carlo and running with the bulls in Pamplona.

Reid tells USA Today this new version of Wild On – which debuts Wednesday – will not feature frat boys misbehaving. "It's about finding the culture and monuments. It's like you're following me on this incredible journey, and you're going to feel like you're one of my friends," she said.

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As for her role, "I feel like Willy Wonka, and I'm taking you into the chocolate factory. It's a classy show."

Regarding viewer reaction, she predicts: "When people see this show, they'll say: 'We've been picking on this girl for 10 years for no reason. She makes everyone around her have a good time.' And viewers will have a good time, too."

On the classy premiere episode, Reid visits Athens, where she bonds with engaged couple Paris Hilton and Paris Latsis. According to an E! statement, Latsis invited Reid and crew to his family's private estate for a pre-party before dancing at several nightclubs.

In her own statement, Reid said: "Meeting up with Paris and Paris was such a highlight in Greece. Dancing at the clubs was a blast. There are just certain people you know you'll always have fun with, and Paris (Hilton) is definitely one of those people."

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