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Audrina Patridge on Why She Cringes Watching ‘The Hills’ and Why the Reboot Didn’t Last (Exclusive)

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It’s part of her job now as the new co-host of a podcast that rewatches and analyzes every episode of The Hills, but Audrina Patridge is struggling with the role, mainly because watching herself has proven cringeworthy. Her words.

The 37-year-old reality TV star makes the revelation in an interview with ET’s Denny Directo while discussing her new memoir, Choices: To the Hills and Back Again, which will be released on July 26. Patridge writes in her book that in watching the first few episodes of the MTV series that aired for six seasons from 2006 to 2010 that she hardly recognized herself.

Now, as part of the trio that includes Brody Jenner and Frankie Delgado dissecting each episode for the Was It Real? The Hills Rewatch podcast, Patridge says rewatching the episodes now has been laboring.

“Yes, I am just finishing season 1 and it’s a little cringey, I’m not going to lie,” Patridge admits to ET. “But I watch it and I see this young 19-year-old that has no idea what she’s in for and the relationships she is about to go through and what she’s about to experience in her life, but with the public picking her apart.”

Patridge rose to face with the MTV series, but she admits being naive got the best of her. 

“I was just so naive and young and innocent,” she explains, “but so trusting.”

The mother of one says she came from a peaceful home, so it was quite the shock to experience the drama-filled episodes on The Hills.

“It was kind of a slap. It was like, ‘Whoa, what did I sign up for?'” she says. “All the cattiness and all the fights and being on a reality show, it can be confrontational. You have to be opinionated. You can’t hold back, otherwise it’s boring.”

MTV would ultimately revive The Hills with a reboot dubbed The Hills: New Beginnings. But the show didn’t last, and it was canceled after two seasons. Patridge reveals that the pandemic really threw the show’s rhythm off its game.

“Well, COVID,” she says. “We had so many setbacks. “And when we started filming, you know, everything was flowing. We were all in on the storylines and the drama and just ready to give our everything to make it a great show. And then COVID happened. And then when we started filming eight or nine months later, we were all in different places when we did film.”

But MTV’s not done with reviving The Hills. According to Deadline, MTV’s gearing up to produce The Hills: Next Gen (working title), which will feature a brand-new twentysomething cast. And Patridge has strong feelings about it.

“At first, I felt like it was kind of a slap in the face because we didn’t even know that was happening,” she explains. “We found out when it was announced. But at the same time, we’re all in a different place right now and I feel like we’ve all kind of dated each other and had our drama, so there’s only so much we can do. Now, with the new cast, I feel like they’re all gonna be these young, you know, 20-year-olds that are gonna make great TV.”

 

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Ellen DeGeneres sends her love to Anne Heche’s family and friends: ‘This is a sad day’

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Ellen DeGeneres is responding to the heartbreaking news that her ex-girlfriend Anne Heche was not expected to survive injuries sustained from a car crash.

“This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family, and friends all of my love,” Degeneres, who dated Heche from 1997 to 2000, wrote in a post shared on Twitter.

Since DeGeneres’ tweet, TODAY has confirmed that Heche is “legally dead,” according to a statement from her family. She is being kept on life support so that an organ donation organization can find out if she is a match.

It’s unclear if DeGeneres knew of Heche’s status when she tweeted. DeGeneres’ tweet was the first time the comedian released a statement on her ex, who had been suffering from a “severe anoxic brain injury” after a car accident in Los Angeles last week.

After being approached by a photographer earlier this week, DeGeneres responded to questions about her ex, saying, “We’re not in touch with each other, so I wouldn’t know.”

She added, “I don’t want anyone to be hurt.”

Though the two went their separate ways decades ago, their relationship was considered groundbreaking for its time and has been celebrated in the years since.

The two women dated openly and often appeared on red carpet events hand in hand during a time in which open same-sex relationships were uncommon and not often embraced positively by the public. In a 2020, profile for Mr. Warburton magazine, Heche reflected on how their relationship shaped our societal landscape as well as her career.

“Our time was a beautiful part of my life and one that I wear with honor,” Heche said at the time. “I was a part of a revolution that created social change, and I could not have done that without falling in love with her.”

Heche went on to marry Coleman Laffoon, with whom she had one son. After their divorce, married her “Men in Trees” co-star James Tupper. Together they also had a son. Heche became subject to criticism for her relationships with men in the years after her relationship with DeGeneres ended. Entertainment journalist Michael Musto reflected on that period in time in a 2018 open letter and apologized for his part in feeding the fodder with his reports on the actor.

Ellen Degeneres and Anne Heche attend the 5th annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in 1999. Ron Wolfson / MediaPunch via AP

“After your 2000 breakup with Ellen, all the strides you made in the press seemed to go backward, and we all turned on you, I have to admit. You entered a crisis phase and were behaving erratically—ringing a stranger’s bell and saying weird things on drugs, for one thing,” he wrote at the time. “We dutifully made fun of your downfall, which was awful, even if Ellen herself had chimed in with some negative things to say about you in retrospect. You (and of course, those you may have been harassing) deserved more compassion at this point, especially in light of the advances you and Ellen had made for the community and how celebrated you had been as a new member of our club.”

In 2021, Heche hosted Musto on her podcast “Better Together,” where she thanked him for his words. 

“I wanted an apology from someone, anyone at all, to acknowledge that perhaps maybe the perspective that was painted on me wasn’t necessarily the full picture, so I want you to know how much it did move me,” she explained. “And the importance of it and the impact that I want to readers to understand that when we do something that’s nicer, kinder, in the right vein for others, it’s gonna get to them some way.”

During that 2021 podcast episode, Heche also explained how her dad’s death from AIDS in the 1980s inspired her to live her own life more openly. Her father’s “double life” informed her decision not to keep her sexuality in the shadows, and to come out to the world after knowing DeGeneres for only four days.

“That was a death sentence to me if I didn’t put it first in my life. In my opinion, that lie meant my death and the only way I was going to be a survivor of my life was to live in the truth,” she said. “What that did was challenged my commitment to it in a bigger way than I had ever imagined I would be challenged.”

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Anne Heche and Ellen DeGeneres.Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

In 2001, a year after their split, DeGeneres opened up to the Los Angeles Times on their relationship and the resulting heartbreak she endured after things ended between them,

“It was the first time I ever had my heart broken. I’d always been the one to leave relationships, and I had been in long-term relationships, and it was the one time I really believed this is forever,” DeGeneres said at the time.

“I felt safe and I felt we shared so much together, and it was the first time I’ve had my heart broken, and it was in a big way,” she added. “Because there is no closure … I know what it’s like to lose someone, and that’s a horrible feeling, (but) it’s almost worse to lose someone and know they’re still alive out there, and I don’t understand. So it was a big heartbreak.”

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Brooklyn Peltz Beckham Says He Wants to Be a ‘Young Dad’ and Have ’10 Kids’ (Exclusive)

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Brooklyn Peltz Beckham, family man! The 23-year-old model and chef opened up about ,his dreams of fatherhood with his new wife, Nicola Peltz Beckham, at the Variety power of Young Hollywood Event on Thursday. 

“I’ve always wanted to be a young dad,” Brooklyn told ET’s Deidre Behar. “I would love to have a family soon, but whenever my wife is ready.”

Brooklyn himself comes from a big family — his famous parents are mom and dad to four children — but he says he could go even bigger. “I could have, like, ten,” he says, but still maintained the decision was up to his wife. 

Brooklyn and Nicola married in April of this year. The nuptials came nearly two years after the groom popped the question to his now-bride, after they’d been dating for 10 months. They combined their last names for the new Peltz Beckham title. 

On Thursday, Brooklyn said that marriage had only deepened his love for Nicola. “It does feel different,” he said. “I married my best mate and it’s the best feeling in the world. It’s just me and her.”

In his Variety feature, Brooklyn said that he’d like to do a reality TV show with Nicola, “because she’s so funny, and we take the piss out of each other all the time.”

He reiterated the idea on Thursday, telling ET he thinks they’d make good content because “we always have a laugh and talk about the most ridiculous things.” For now, though, he’s focusing on opening his own pub before heading up any new projects. 

“I’m just focusing on my cooking trying to make a name for myself,” he said. 

  

 

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5 TV Shows To Check Out This Weekend

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If the multiverse were fair, Paper Girls, Amazon’s adaptation of the hit indie comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan, would be showered with the same adulation and attention given to Stranger Things. On the surface, both shows are nostalgic sci-fi romps starring children facing off against insurmountable and sinister odds. But where Stranger Things is mostly driven by fun and referential spectacle, Paper Girls is driven by the emotional growth of its four young leads.

Paper Girls kicks off the morning after Halloween in 1988, when a group of 12-year-old newspaper couriers ride out to deliver their normal routes; while escaping the clutches of drunk teenagers in shitty costumes, they end up embroiled in a time war. Jumping from 1988 to 2019 to 1999, the girls confront their disappointment with who they become in the future, each dealing with the brutal reality of their adult selves in a different way. It is one of the most fascinating and satisfying depictions of a teenage girl’s mind I’ve ever seen on TV.

But Paper Girls, adapted by Stephany Folsom, isn’t all grim introspection; the series shines when the girls are doing normal teen things like stealing tampons after one of them gets their period for the first time or trying to get into grown-up parties they have no business being at. The fragile, unlikely bonds that form between them in those quiet moments are tested by the adults in the show, and, unlike Stranger Things, there’s no chosen one here. This is just a group of funny, bitter, sweet girls trying to survive the chaos of growing up too soon. And just in case that’s not enough, there’s also Ali Wong piloting a time-traveling mecha in combat for the future of humanity. —K.M.

Where to watch: Prime Video

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