Nicole Richie is “ready to work” on The Simple Life 5

Less than a month after checking herself into a facility to deal with her weight and delaying production on the fifth season of The Simple Life, “Nicole [Richie] has informed us she’s ready to work,” a spokesperson for the show told The New York Daily News.

Producers “don’t have a production date,” according to the spokesperson, who says “we’re looking at a calendar to see what works best for all.” The fifth season will follow Nicole and Paris as they work as camp counselors.

There are no details about her recovery or what she was treated for; however, People reports that, contrary to rumors, Nicole did not have gastric bypass surgery that caused her to lose too much weight. Such claims are “ridiculous,” according to Nicole’s spokesperson, who says the person mentioned in a Page Six blind item “is not Nicole. There are a ton of ‘Hollywood starlets.'”

Richie looks to be ‘Simple’ minded [New York Daily News]
Nicole Richie Denies Gastric Bypass Rumors [People]

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