Laguna’s Kristin will co-host UPN reality series; Laguna cast’s friendships “rapidly dissolving”

Not to be outdone by LC, who scored her own spin-off series, Laguna Beach‘s Kristin Cavallari has landed a hosting gig on a new UPN reality series. However, producers apparently don’t trust Kristin to handle the hosting on her own, as she’ll be joined by Ethan Erickson, a former Extra correspondent.

The series, Let’s Get This Party Started, “chooses one person per episode and provides a surprise, tailor-made event with the help of the person’s friends and family,” according to TV Week. It’s produced by Big Brother executive producer Allison Grodner.

Grodner tells the New York Daily News, “We’re just really happy to have her. Certain people, whether in acting or television, have something – a quality – that ‘it’ factor. I think it’s there in Kristin and we were really pleasantly surprised with her.”

Meanwhile, E! Online’s Korbi Ghosh reports that Kristin’s “friendships with the Laguna gang are rapidly dissolving.” Alex H. was living with Kristin but moved out because “their relationship soured because Kristin insisted that everything be about her, expecting Alex to be on call.” Stephen, Dieter, and Jason are living together in LA, while Lauren “has cut ties with every other castmember except Jason, whom she’s still dating.”

Ghosh also has a few blind items, saying that there’s a second-season only male or female cast member who “has been in and out of rehab many times” and “got into a knock-down, drag-out fight with a castmember of the opposite sex, bashing his or her head against a wall.”

UPN to Run Party Planning Reality Series [TV Week]
‘Party’ time for ‘Laguna’ gal [New York Daily News]
Who’s Kissin’ and Dissin’ on Laguna Beach? [E! Online]

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