"Simple" on Life Support?
"Simple" on Life Support?
Fri Apr 15,10:23 AM ET
Television - E! Online
By Charlie Amter Things are getting complicated on The Simple Life.
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An apparent rift between stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie has seemingly jeopardized the future of the Fox reality show.
Things are so bad between the longtime celebutante pals that, according to a report on Thursday's syndicated Insider, producers are considering replacing Richie with another party circuit regular, Rod Stewart's daughter Kimberly.
Hilton herself hinted that big changes are indeed coming on The Simple Life.
"You know, I've had three great seasons [on the Simple Life]," Hilton told E! News Wednesday night at Us Weekly's Young Hot Hollywood Style Awards in Los Angeles. Hilton arrived at the event with Kimberly Stewart.
"I love the show and I just want to freshen it up and make it funner, and bring new things in," she said. "Its going to be a big surprise. And everyone is going to be very excited and happy about it."
With Hilton reportedly ready to be paired off with a new Simple Lifer, Richie would, per The Insider, get her own reality spinoff, a Newlyweds-esque endeavor focusing on her life with soon-to-be hubby Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM.
Fox suits aren't saying anything about the possible Simple Life shake-up--yet. However, the network issued a statement alluding to potential changes on the show.
"We are currently discussing internally the creative direction of the next season of The Simple Life," the network said.
"We are huge fans of both Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and look forward to solidifying our plans for the next installment of this fantastic franchise in the very near future."
Richie's publicist declined comment on the report Thursday.
Reports have been swirling since last summer that Hilton and Richie were on the outs following some off-camera meltdowns while shooting the second season of The Simple Life. (E! Online's Party Girl detailed one incident from a September 2004 Maxim party in L.A. where Richie and her crew picked up the "Reserved for Simple Life" sign propped on her table, threw it on floor, then stomped on it.)
Hilton and Richie publicly downplayed any animosity, though, eventually signing on to do the currently airing third season of their fish-out-of-water hijinks, The Simple Life: Interns.
Interns debuted with the series' best ever ratings--13.3 million viewers. Although those numbers have steadily declined in recent weeks, the show averages a still healthy 10.2 million on Wednesdays opposite ABC's new hit, Lost.