Lauren Conrad left The Hills in 2009, yet I still call her “LC” in my head (and while writing this post). So I guess it makes some sense that she’s still talking about the MTV reality show that allows her to now spout fashion and relationship wisdom like she’s an expert. But what I find really baffling about her Allure cover interview is, she keeps saying that The Hills was real.
Even as she acknowledges that it was scripted reality TV, she’s sticking to her guns about the gist of it being legit:
“I think the story [the show] told wasn’t a dishonest one. The way they did it sometimes was. They aren’t going to be there for everything. Sometimes two of their main characters will get into a fight, and that’s important to the story line. The [producers] need that reenacted. Their thing was always: It did happen. They’re not making this up: you just didn’t see it.”
For instance, she cited her relationship with Brody Jenner, which wasn’t quite the epic romance that she had with Jason Wahler – who she famously chose over the Teen Vogue internship in Paris — but was still played for the ratings:
“Brody and I did date. It was pretty brief. There was definitely editing to drag it out.”
But why is LC pushing this bullshit assertion? Not to mention that her quote about Heidi Montag from a few months ago contradicts this view. Her words here look even dumber in comparison to castmate/former rival Kristin Cavallari. After The Hills ended in 2010, Kristin did the talk-show circuit where she happily shared details about just how fake the show was. She told Access Hollywood that they filmed three times a week, doing three scenes a day with changes of clothes to take care of that week’s quota. Even worse, one producer in particular bribed a nameless cast member with a purse to spread the rumor that Kristin had a drug problem.
So, it’s clear that MTV didn’t have the cast members’ best interests in mind. It’s not as if Lauren owes anyone to keep pushing the notion that The Hills is totally real. That leads us to assume she has to be doing it just for herself. I mean, we’re always going to ruminate over how staged the show was because it was one of the first reality narratives that we bought hook, line, and sinker. And when Lauren gives these tidbits, regardless of how much bullshit they are, it still gets us to write about the show! Plus, her Allure cover is curiously timed to coincide with her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen tonight.
While writing this post, I couldn’t help but look up a certain famous GIF from the show. Tell me, LC, is this faked?!
The world may never know.
[via E! Online]
.gif: thelucy-rpc on Tumblr