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The Simple Life: Richie and Hilton Reality Show Cancelled

Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton on The Simple LifeE! Network has officially pulled the plug on The Simple Life after five seasons. The current season, which finishes airing on August 5th, looks like it will be the final season for the reality show starring Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton.

The cancellation doesn’t come as much of a surprise since E! Networks President and CEO Ted Harbert recently expressed his doubts about the series continuing. Harbert pointed to Hilton’s recent legal troubles as the cause of the series’ decline in viewership saying, “We all thought the publicity would help the show. We were wrong. It’s not doing well.”

An unnamed source at E! agreed and told US Magazine. “We felt like the real life drama of their lives overshadowed anything happening on the show. Viewers would see Paris all day long on the news about her going to jail, so they didn’t care about seeing her camping with kids. It just was too played out.” Episodes of Simple Life currently attract an average of 840,000 viewers, down 20% from last season’s viewership.

The current season of Simple Life has reunited Hilton and Richie as drama camp counselors after a feud that caused the two to film their parts separately last year. The final episode sounds like it will be a fitting one as Hilton and Richie write their own play in tribute to their decades-long friendship.

E! released a statement, saying, “Simple Life has been a wonderful addition to the E! schedule for two years, and we will always be grateful to Paris and Nicole for their hard work and graciousness.”

Could The Simple Life be picked up by another channel? It’s possible but Hilton doesn’t sound interested, saying, “It’s been a great five years and we had so much fun. I’m happy to end it at that.” Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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ton September 6, 2008 at 1:47 am

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STELLA July 31, 2008 at 2:19 am

I LOVE THAT SHOW BUT MAYBE IT’S NOT SO TRUE….

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arbert July 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Only the first season was worth watching when they were living in arkansas with a family and earning a reputation in the town. The followup season’s got old quickly and were not very entertaining,.

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Tricia September 1, 2007 at 7:49 am

I LOVE SIMPLE LIFE!! me and my best friend Jeni say the famous Jeez that nicole does. And I loves it! When does the simple life goes to camp dvd come out so I can buy it!

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DEB August 17, 2007 at 10:56 am

WHAT IS THE SONG THAT PARIS AND NICOLE SING “HAPPY SONG” SON A SUN SON A SON….ETC – WHERE DOES IT COME FROM AND WHATS IT ABOUT – I REALLY LIKE IT AND ITS FUNNY BUT I KNOW NOTHING OF IT ORIGIN

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sarah August 7, 2007 at 8:59 pm

i think that paris and hunter should way hook up!! too cute!!! but i seriiously think thats bull that there not gonna have a 6th secion!!! way not cool…but yeah!!!
xoxo
sarah

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norm August 2, 2007 at 8:36 am

this show should have been dropped asap after the arrest of hilton. what a shame the tv execs see only $$$ and not the impact on the impressionable young.

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