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Ellen DeGeneres Remembers Jim Paratore on Twitter

May 30, 2012 (4:57 am) GMT
The 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' host remembers the TMZ founder, who passed away on May 29, as someone who 'gave me a chance when no one else would.'

is mourning the loss of her good friend and producer Jim Paratore. The TV host sent her condolence and expressed her grief on Twitter, "My friend, producer and champion Jim Paratore died today. He gave me a chance when no one else would. I love you, Jim."

Paratore was one of the masterminds behind "". When no one took a chance on DeGeneres after she came out, the founder of TMZ did the otherwise. He convinced very nervous and reluctant managers to give her a platform to show off her great talent.

In addition to his credit on "Ellen", Paratore helped create such shows as "The Rosie O'Donnell Show", "The People's Court", "", "Extra" and "Judge Mathis".

He died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday, May 29 during a bike trip in France. He is 58 and is survived by his wife, Jill Wickert, and his daughter, Martinique Paratore.

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