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‘Hills’ Stars Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt’s Prayers Answered By Mischa Barton

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are huge fans of Mischa Barton … ‘cause they say it’s basically divine intervention she’s joining them on the reboot of “The Hills.” We got Heidi and Spencer shopping Thursday at Couture Kids on Robertson…

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Mischa Barton is Headed to The Hills!

Mischa Barton is about to go full circle.

In a manner of speaking.

The actress, of course, is best known for having starred as Marissa Cooper on the Fox sensation The OC back in 2003.

The success of The OC inspired MTV to create Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County… which eventually spun off into The Hills… which is about to be revived by the cable network

… and which we’ve now learned will co-star Barton!

Set to premiere some time in 2019, The Hills: New Beginnings will reunite original cast members, alongside their kids, friends and a few new faces, chronicling follow their personal and professional lives while they reside in Los Angeles.

Barton will be making her reality television debut as a series regular on the highly-anticipated reboot.

She’ll be joining Heidi and Spencer Pratt, Brody Jenner, Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port, Jason Wahler, Stephanie Pratt, Justin Bobby and Frankie Delgado on the program.

Sadly, neither Lauren Conrad nor Kristin Cavallari will be coming back to the show that made them famous.

(“She’s in a different place in her life,” a source has said of Conrad, adding: “But she wants everyone to enjoy themselves. She wishes everyone the best.”)

Barton, meanwhile, ought to bring plenty of drama to New Beginnings.

She hasn’t really had a starring role of any kind since she was killed off The OC — yet she has found herself in a few difficult/trying/headline-making situation.

In January of 2017, for example, Barton was hospitalized for a mental evaluation after she neighbors witnessed her hanging over her backyard fence and rambling incoherently.

She said something at one point about her mother being a witch and something else at another point about the world coming to an end.

“Oh my God, it’s over! I feel it, and it’s angry!” she yelled while falling off said fence, according to witnesses.

Barton later issued a statement in which she thanked the professionals who came to her aid, and in which she said she had been drugged just prior to the incident.

“I would like to extend a big thanks of gratitude to the professionals at Cedars-Sinai for their great care of professionalism,” she said at the time, concluding:

“This is a lesson to all young women out there. Be aware of your surroundings.”

Just two months after this controversy engulfed Barton, she got swept up in a revenge porn scandal.

The actress went on record about an ex-boyfriend secretly filming the pair having sex and then blackmailing Barton with the release of their video.

A few weeks later, Barton appeared as a guest across from Dr. Phil and tried to clear up all the misperceptions of her out there.

“One of the biggest misconceptions is that I’m a spoiled rich girl,” she said.

“People find it convenient, they attach you to one particular thing. So I suppose that. And yeah, the fact that people think I’m crazy. That’s another good one.”

We’ll get to find out first-hand when The Hills hits the air again next year.

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Audrina Patridge Accused by Ex of Exploiting Daughter for The Hills!

The Hills are alive — or they’re going to be, because The Hills: New Beginnings is a real thing that is happening.

Audrina Patridge has confirmed that she will be part of the revival of the groundbreaking reality series. But her ex Corey Bohan is making demands.

He has now taken to social media to insist that their daughter have no part in the show.

Audrina and Corey split up just about one year ago, and there were upsetting reports that Corey Bohan was emotionally and even physically abusive with her, prompting her filing a restraining order.

Corey was also accused of being unable to control his behavior, including outbursts and obscenities, in the presence of their very young daughter.

But now that The Hills is making its comeback, Corey has decided that the real menace to his family is … reality television.

Corey’s Instagram is now set to private, but the good folks over at The Ashley got their hands on a message that he shared with his followers.

In his Instagram post, Corey blasts reality television as exploitative, and seems to think that merely being on camera would harm his daughter.

corey bohan instagram post slamming the hills

In white letters on a black background, Corey says that if he gets his way, his daughter will never be part of The Hills: New Beginnings.

“I refuse to think it’s ok for our 2yr old daughter Kirra Bohan to be shown & exploited on reality TV,” Corey writes.

For the record, the show has not yet begun filming, and it’s unclear whose children, if any, will appear on screen.

“Not just my child,” Corey continues. “But anyone’s for that matter.” 

Most assume that Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag’s baby will get some airtime. It looks like he’s eager to throw shade in multiple directions.

Corey’s post continues.

“I stand up for what I believe in,” Corey insists.

Though he appears to be questioning the parenting judgment of a whole lot of people, he claims that he’s not taking a shot at anyone.

Corey writes: “This post isn’t an attack or negative rant.”

“This,” Corey proclaims. “Is about our daughter Kirra Bohan.”

Contrary to what the BMX rider might fear, Audrina isn’t strutting Kirra out in front of anybody’s cameras just yet.

“They haven’t even started filming the show yet,” a source tells People.

Additionally, the insider shares that “Audrina hasn’t made any final decisions about whether Kirra will appear.”

As far as things with her ex go, Audrina “just wants things to be okay.”

That is a very understandable feeling. But we’re not sure if she’s going to get her wish.

We don’t mean to sound like we’re accusing Corey Bohan of planning ahead, but it sounds like he may be laying the groundwork for his next custody battle.

See, because of Corey’s alleged behavior towards her and around their daughter, some of which was in public, Audrina has sole custody.

Corey clearly does not like that, and he may plan to use “reality television harms children” or “she’s using our baby for cash” as an argument in court.

That is just a guess, however. We of course cannot speak with certainty of Corey’s motivations or intentions.

It may be that he just wanted to lash out online.

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The Hills Reboot: Will Anyone Actually Watch This Thing?

MTV’s reboot of The Hills sure made a lot of headlines at last week’s VMAs, but whether the buzz ends there remains to be seen.

In other words, will it lead to any actual viewers?

Here, The Hollywood Gossip staff debates whether or not this latest, shameless effort to reboot and recaputre nostalgia will be a hit.

IN ONE WORD, YES by Hilton Hater

Yes, The Hills revival will be a hit.

And I need just two words to explain why: Heidi and Spencer. Better yet, I need just one nickname to explain why: Speidi.

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag entered the celebrity mainstream over a decade ago, initially appearing on The Hills as your basic wanna be A-Listers who would do anything for attention.

But that’s the thing: They would do ANYthing for attention, whether that meant trying to make it as a singer (Heidi) or stirring up every type of scandal or controversy imaginable (Spencer).

These two were Donald Trump before he became President Donald Trump: they had no shame.

They sky-rocketed to stardom just as social media was taking off, squeezing every millisecond out of their 15 Minutes of Fame and milking every comment on that platform for Likes or Dislikes.

They didn’t care and they still don’t care. Speidi was simply after attention.

That was back in 2007, however. There are millions of current MTV viewers who were too young at the time to watch or appreciate the couple’s antics.

So now that Twitter, Instagram and Facebook dominate absolutely everything at all times, we can’t fathom the heights that a rebooted Spencer and Heidi will be able to reach.

We can’t comprehend how popular (or, at least, how DISCUSSED) the duo will become in this second incarnation.

Oh, and here’s the final thing: They’re still together! They have a son! The couple that came across all those years ago as faker than Heidi’s boobs have somehow managed to find real, lasting love.

It’s sort of amazing. And it makes The Hills definitely worth watching.

NO, IT’S A BRIDGE TOO FAR by Tyler Johnson

Reboots are all the rage these days, and no one at MTV has had a fresh idea since the Clinton administration, so it should come as no surprise that the network is repackaging all its old hits.

But with The Hills, they may have gone too far.

After all, a second iteration of Jersey Shore makes sense – the original series was a cultural touchstone that made household names of its most colorful stars.

But The Hills?!

The closest thing that show ever had to a colorful star was Spencer Pratt, and that’s only because dude likes to wear tie-dye while fondling his collection of crystals.

If you’re lost in a fog of nostalgia, it might be easy to lose sight of the fact that The Hills overstayed its welcome well before it wrapped up its initial run.

The show’s best-loved star, Lauren Conrad, famously saw the writing on the wall and quit before the final season and split.

Not surprisingly, she won’t be back for the reboot.

Hell, one could argue that the concept behind The Hills was played out before the show even premiered. It was a spinoff of Laguna Beach, which was itself a lazy attempt to capitalize on the popularity of The O.C.

Despite all that the show became a hit, but that was likely due in part to the fact its target demo had far fewer entertainment options in those days.

So for the moment, The Hills are alive … but my guess is they won’t be for long.

THE HILLS HAVE A YES by Simon Delott

Reboots are so often reviled, fairly or unfairly.

But technically what we’re talking about here is a revival, where people can wax nostalgic about a show from yesteryear and see some of their returning favorites.

So … is The Hills: New Beginnings going to be a success? Maybe so. Heidi and Spencer, who are new parents, will be returning.

You know that people are going to want to check in on two of the world’s most famous hot messes in this new chapter of their lives.

Other familiar faces will be there, too, and we also should look at another revival from a similar era. Jersey Shore‘s comeback has been a hit.

It’s not dominating our culture the way it once did, but it’s making a splash in a big way, no doubt paving the way for this latest effort.

Some would say that bringing back The Hills without Lauren Conrad is like bringing back Jersey Shore without Snooki. And they’re not wrong.

But while people will surely miss Lauren, who is too busy being a mom to relive her reality television days, producing a reality series has fewer expenses than traditional television.

If there’s any entertainment value that these famously entertaining disasters can offer, this new series could run for a while.

GO HOME, 2007, YOU’RE DRUNK by Free Britney

Look, I don’t blame MTV for wanting to revive The Hills, nor can I blame the cast members for wanting to jump on board.

There’s very little risk, and what the hell else are they gonna do, come up with fresh ideas, or get real jobs, respectively?

With all due respect to the lovely Whitney Port (above) and company, obviously not. They don’t exactly have a lot going on.

Availability and opportunity doesn’t mean there’s enough nostalgia or new, capitvating material for this to stick, though.

The Hills dates back to when Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton were tabloid mainstays and reality TV was a novel concept.

In other words, it was a long ass time ago, and the show was more noteworthy in pioneering a genre than anything else.

A dramatized, quasi-scripted series about a real, likable person (Lauren) and her telegenic friends, frenemies and enemies (Speidi)?

That was something new and different.

Endlessly dramatic and fascinating, and just real enough to be relatable on some level, it became a pop culture staple.  

Looking back, it’s no surprise that this became a hit, or that it spawned hundreds of shows following that same basic formula. 

But therein lies the issue:

What made The Hills groundbreaking TV has essentially become ALL TV, and too many other shows (Jersey Shore included) do it better.

A lot of the time, Hills episodes were like watching paint dry. Its chief protagonist had enough and bailed. Even Speidi’s act got old.

No one has thought about The Hills or its stars in years. Years. After this initial buzz dies out, that will be the case once more.

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Justin-Bobby Brescia: I’m Glad Lauren Conrad Won’t Harsh Our Vibe on The Hills Reboot!

Everything that’s old is new again, and the The Hills reboot is really happening.

But Lauren Conrad won’t be taking part in The Hills: New Beginnings, which leads some fans to wonder what it will be like.

Justin-Bobby Brescia does think that it will be different — but he says that it will be better without her. Take a look.

Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth aren’t returning for the The Hills revival.

And when TMZ asked Justin-Bobby Brescia, he definitely did not sound bothered by their absence.

“It’s a good cast,” Brescia affirmed.

He then threw some definite shade in Lauren’s direction.

“We’ve got all the good people left,” Brescia says. 

Wow. That is indirect, but massively harsh.

“It’s gonna be good,” Brescia affirms “Everybody’s happy.”

He explains where he believes that the good cheer originates.

“There are good vibes,” he says of the cast.

He says that if there wrong people were present, they could ruin the experience and the reboot for everyone involved.

“When you’ve got s–tty people running around,” Brescia declares. “It creates this ambiance you don’t need.”

In other words, he’s saying that toxic people would make for a toxic environment.

It’s only been a little over a year since Lauren Conrad welcomed her first child.

She is busy being a new mother.

As it happens, she is also worth something in the range of $ 25 million.

Some of her erstwhile costars might need that paycheck enough that they’re happy to hire a sitter (looking at you, Heidi and Spencer Pratt), but if she wants to devote these years to motherhood, she can afford to.

She does not need this reboot and she will not be taking part in it.

But even if Justin-Bobby Brescia is still nursing a grudge over that time she roasted him over his army boots, she’s not the only absentee on his mind.

Lo bowed out, saying that she had required “years of therapy” to recover from Laguna Beach and The Hills the first time around.

“Duh,” Brescia says in response. “You could probably see that from a mile away when she first filmed, right?”

That’s not exactly a charitable way to phrase it, but he explains why he’s not exactly weeping in her absence.

“[She was] never a fan of mine,” he says. “So…”

That sounds harsh, and it is, but we can understand why he’s not beside himself.

Old feuds die hard, folks. Which is great news when you’re talking about bringing back a classic reality series that helped transform the television landscape.

Now, don’t let all of this talk about the ambiance of the show’s revival fool you.

They’re not actually filming yet.

But Justin-Bobby Brescia says: “Everybody’s chatting. Everybody’s smiling.”

He summarizes: “Everybody’s having a good time.”

That is good to hear. In the mean time,w e imagine that the show is making some final decisions — including their rumored negotiations with Brody Jenner to invite his participation.

Here is what we know so far about who is coming back:

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