Lauren will leave The Hills but MTV considers keeping it with the remaining cast

The Hills will lose Lauren Conrad after its upcoming 10-episode fifth season, but the show may not go away, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

First, it clears up some confusion: The fifth season will debut March 30 and now officially be called the fifth season; previously, MTV was referring to it as part of the fourth season, which made cast members’ statements about a fifth season seem confusing.

Second, the paper confirms that Lauren Conrad is definitely leaving. Executive producer Liz Gately said, “It is bittersweet, but I understand why she is saying goodbye. I will be forever grateful for all that she shared with us and am incredibly proud of the television we made together.”

Finally, citing “an insider,” the Times reports that “MTV is contemplating continuing the series with the existing cast,” including “Audrina, Brody, Heidi, Spencer, et al — sans Conrad.”

Fifth season of ‘The Hills’ returns March 30, may not be its last [Los Angeles Times]

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