Is Lauren Conrad Returning to ‘The Hills’ Reboot?

Lauren Conrad has not returned to The Hills in its reboot. The original Laguna Beach star (whom the entire show, The Hills, was created around) did not return for the next chapter in the show. What does this mean for the reboot? Will The Hills be successful without its most famous star? Taking a look at who has returned and what the show looks like this season makes us wonder how long it will last.

The original series captivated fans

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MTV’s The Hills ran from 2006 to 2010 and followed the lives of castmates throughout their young adulthood. The reality show was a spinoff of Laguna Beach, and followed the lives of several young women who lived in LA. The show was a hit with the youth, and a guilty pleasure for many as it blurred the lines between reality TV and soap opera. In fact, we have no idea how much of the show was fabricated storyline and how much was true reality TV.

‘The Hills’ reboot

The Hills: New Beginnings follows many of the original cast members as they tackle adulthood. Stars return to LA and try to work through some of their past mistakes, rebuild fractured friendships and hope to relive some of the fame of their youth. Their challenges are deeper now, involving parenting as well as attempts to still feel important in an ever-changing world. The young people are discovering that it is difficult to reclaim the fame they once had. There are new episodes and dramatic new storylines in the works for returning cast members.

“We got back together and it feels like no time has passed,” Audrina Patridge tells People. The stars are exploring new storylines and new life experiences but there will no doubt be the same amount of drama. 

The original cast members

Patridge, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Montag, Jason Wahler, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt, and Whitney Port are all appearing in the reboot. Alongside a few new cast members including Brandon Thomas Lee and Mischa Barton.

Some other new and completely adorable faces are making appearances too. Including the next generation of The Hills socialites, Delilah, who is the daughter of Wahler, Kirra the daughter of Patridge, and Baby Gunner the son of the Pratts.

Lauren Conrad and others decided not to return

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Neither Conrad nor Kristin Cavallari will appear in the reboot because of their other commitments. Cavallari is tied up with her contract with E! filming her reality series: Very Cavallari.

Likewise, Conrad has some other issues that have taken the front seat. Yet, some of her costars aren’t sad that she isn’t on the reboot. In fact, former friend Montag told Good Morning America that she was even a little excited to be free of Conrad’s presence.

“I actually was kind of excited Lauren wasn’t on it because I felt like it was more freeing and fair, like, for me,” she revealed. Their friendship was always bumpy and finally ended when Pratt and Montag began dating.

Conrad, also, is happy to be steering clear from the reboot. In fact, the star has more important things on her plate than reality TV. She’s launched her own clothing line at Kohls and has written several books. She’s simply too busy to devote time to a new TV show.

Besides all that, she is a mother now, and her priorities are at home not on reality TV. She recognizes that it was reality TV that led to her fame, but multiple sources have confirmed that she is just in another place now, both professionally and personally. Although we wonder what will be missing from the drama now that Conrad is choosing to stay away from the show, we’re hopeful that the rest of the cast will provide all the chaos and confusion necessary to make for entertaining television.