Nicole Richie has “almost passed out” “four or five times” at Simple Life camp

Nicole Richie’s hospitalization for her weight delayed production on The Simple Life 4, and once production resumed six months later, she was briefly hospitalized after fainting.

That apparently wasn’t an isolated incident. “Four or five times she’s felt really faint and almost passed out. She has to go into her trailer for a good part of the day,” a production source told People magazine.

Nicole tells the magazine that’s because of the altitude. And the hours she’s working. And the heat in her trailer. And the food she’s eating. So, basically, take your pick. “The hours I’m doing are really crazy right now and we’re working up in the mountains. I was getting my hair and make-up done one morning and I turned the heat up to 90 degrees, which I know I probably shouldn’t have done — but I like it really hot in the room. I hadn’t eaten breakfast and I asked for a bowl of cereal. But it had to go through 15 people to even get to me. I walked outside and I wasn’t feeling myself,” she said.

Last week, Nicole’s rep told People magazine that “Nicole has recently been diagnosed with hypoglycemia.”

The show’s fourth season focuses on Nicole and Paris working as camp counselors for a rotating group of campers, and the season will be called The Simple Life Goes to Camp. That Los Angeles area “camp will be host to five different specialty groups: Wellness Camp, Pageant Camp, Couples Camp, Survival Camp and Drama Camp,” according to the AP.

But sticking with that planned scripted nonsense and not making the season all about Nicole is clearly a mistake. That would be like filming your own bellybutton while the Loch Ness monster jumps out of the water and collides with a spaceship right in front of you.

Nicole Richie’s altitude collapse [Bang Showbiz]
Rep Says Nicole Richie Is Hypoglycemic [People]
Paris and Nicole to work as camp counselors [AP]

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