In the world of reality shows, real-vs-fake is a spectrum rather than a black-and-white issue. Sometimes crucial information is held back and back stories are fudged a little, sometimes they’re highly “scripted.” Often producers bring the cast members into a situation they wouldn’t normally be in, or situations that happened without cameras are reenacted, but besides the fact that the people on The Hills were playing “themselves,” it always seemed to be a little extra fake.
In 2009 some of the cast members were photographed with what was speculated to be a script for the show.
In 2011 Kristin opened up to the New York Post, saying “almost all of it,” was fake. “I think I can say that by now. I guess no one can get mad at me anymore.” At the time Kristin was upset about a cocaine addiction storyline that ended up on the cover of magazines. “They told me they weren’t going to do any of that stuff,” she said “Basically, all that was to get ratings. I was on the cover of Us Weekly saying I need to go to rehab and that my parents wanted me to go to rehab. Both of my parents were like, ‘Oh really? Why don’t they call me?’
In 2012 Kristin was a little more lighthearted about the situation with Andy Cohen on WWHL. She said it was “fake relationships, fake fights. It was fun, ’cause you’re acting. And that was more fun for me.”
In 2009 Lauren Conrad admitted that a filmed telephone apology from Spencer Pratt was fake because she wasn’t on the other end of the call. But even so, Lauren is adamant that the essence of the show was reality. “I think the story they told wasn’t a dishonest one,” she told Allure. “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 storyline. The [producers] need that reenacted.”
On the finale episode of the series that aired 3 years ago the show’s producers and creators make a nod to the scripted-reality hybrid by pulling back to reveal a fake set behind a tearful goodbye scene between Kristin Cavallari and Brody Jenner.
Friday August 9, at 11:30 a.m. ET MTV will air an alternate ending to The Hills.
Here’s the original ending that first aired July 13, 2010:
CLICK HERE to watch the alternate ending.