Kristin Cavallari says “almost all” of The Hills was scripted; is “pissed off”

Now that The Hills has been over for a while, one of its stars feels free to say what everyone already knew: “Almost all of it” was fake, Kristin Cavallari said. She’s now producing reality shows and guest-starring on ABC’s The Middle.

When the Laguna Beach star took over for Lauren Conrad, she said she was fine with the producer manipulation: “I’m totally cool with that. Again, it’s a TV show and they need to make it entertaining,” she said.

But that’s not how she feels now. When asked how much of the show was fake, Kristin told Fancast, “Almost all of it. I think I can say that by now. I guess no one can get mad at me anymore.” Asked about her portrayal as a someone with a drug problem, Kristin said this:

“They told me they weren’t going to do any of that stuff. Basically, all that was to get ratings. I was on the cover of Us Weekly saying I need to go to rehab and that my parents wanted me to go to rehab. Both of my parents were like, ‘Oh, really? Why don’t they call me.’ It said that I wasn’t showering. It was so unbelievable. It came and went because obviously I didn’t have a problem whatsoever. But that really pissed me off because MTV did that and there was one producer in particular who was behind all that. So that was really, really hard actually. That was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. I’m so over it by now. But everything else, I was a willing participant. I didn’t hang out with those people. I had all my friends that were never filmed. It was work three days a week. We’d go to work, do three scenes a day, change, do another scene, and then you leave and you have your other life, your private life.”

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