Heidi and Spencer’s courtroom wedding may have been faked, too

There’s so much on The Hills that’s contrived and faked that it’s barely news any more, especially since it clearly doesn’t affect ratings or interest in the series. But on top of reports that Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt’s wedding in Mexico may not have been legal comes another report that says their apparent attempt to make it legal in California wasn’t even real.

And that doesn’t even start to address Monday’s episode, in which they got married in Mexico after Spencer got Heidi drunk on tequila and his sexy facial hair, although we only saw the ceremony via their camcorder, which showed footage that seemed to have been filmed during the day. It’s like they’re not even trying any more.

As to the courtroom scene, it will take place in Monday’s season finale, and the AP reports that “a Los Angeles Superior Court representative official said Tuesday that MTV was recently granted permission to shoot in a courtroom in Beverly Hills, but it was done after hours — and that’s not one of their judges sitting on the bench in ‘The Hills’ footage.” The court’s spokesperson said MTV filmed “what purported to be a wedding outside of court hours.”

The scene took place at the courthouse in Beverly Hills, and while the AP says “[c]ivil ceremonies are sometimes performed at the Beverly Hills courthouse,” that’s not done “in the manner portrayed in the brief preview.”

Are Heidi and Spencer legally hitched? [AP]
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