E! cancels The Simple Life because Paris, Nicole’s “real life drama” “overshadowed” fake reality

The Simple Life, the faux reality show starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, has finally been put out of its misery. E! has cancelled the show, Us Weekly reports.

An anonymous show source tells the 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.”

That’s so ironic it’s not even funny. If Bunim-Murray decided to film Paris and Nicole’s actual lives instead of making shit up, the show might have had a second life, rather than withering away. Besides, watching Paris go to jail would have been far more entertaining than watching her flirt with an actor at a fake camp. But of course, the production was far too busy forcing staffers to be nice to her to conceive of such wild and crazy ideas.

The Simple Life was previously cancelled by FOX after its third season, but it went on to live for two more seasons on E!. And there’s always the chance that the show could get picked up yet again. In late June, Paris Hilton said that a sixth season would film “in the next couple months.”

The Simple Life Cancelled [Us Weekly]

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