Spencer Pratt is taking credit for the success of The Hills, and he goes so far as to say it was his scripted storylines that carried the show. In an interview with Us Weekly just ahead of the 10th anniversary of the MTV hit, Spencer Pratt and his wife Heidi Montag revealed that not only were the scripts fictional, but so was Spencer’s entry onto the show.
Spencer and Heidi, known as Speidi by fans of the show, told Us that when The Hills first debuted in 2006, producers were looking for “real reactions within scripted moments.” But Montag credits Pratt for making the Laguna Beach spinoff a success with his savvy scripted storylines.
“It didn’t become a hit show until Season 2, when Spencer came on and started scripting everything,” she said.
In the interview, Pratt explained how he and pal Brody Jenner inserted themselves into the storyline by showing up at L.A. club, Area, and walking in with Audrina Patridge—whom Pratt had never met before—just to stir things up with Heidi.
“We rolled up and got the table next to [Lauren Conrad and Heidi],” Spencer recalled. “We had bottles of Dom. The thing with Audrina was a complete fabrication. I didn’t know Audrina and she didn’t know me. They just had us walk in together and Heidi got all worked up and boom … we were in the story.”
Spencer Pratt also confirmed that virtually nothing fans saw him do on the show was real. Pratt said 10 years later people still ask him questions about the fake storylines.
“It’s so hard, because you have people in the world who think it was real and treat you like everything on there was real,” Spencer said. “It’s like if you were asking Harrison Ford about what it was like to make Star Wars, but you made him answer all of the questions as Han Solo! It’s important for anyone who cares at all to understand … You were watching fiction. We tried to be entertaining, but it wasn’t close to ‘real.'”
This isn’t the first time Spencer Pratt has talked about how fake The Hills was. In a 2014 interview on Bethenny Frankel’s talk show, Pratt said producers wanted the show to be the next Gossip Girl or Sex and the City. The couple also talked about that famous Hills scene when Heidi told Spencer she might be pregnant and he kicked her out of his car and drove away. In reality, producers make the couple shoot that scene 10 times before Heidi got back into Spencer’s car and they went out to dinner.
But the kicker came a few years later when Heidi and Spencer tied the knot while on the show. Pratt said while the wedding was the real deal, producers wanted him to leave Heidi at the altar.
“They kept on turning off the lights and saying, ‘Let’s just call it. We’ve got the exit door and we’ve got your Rolls Royce right there. We can always reschedule and Heidi will leave with Lauren and it’ll work out great,'” Pratt said. “I’m like, ‘There are people that flew here. Heidi’s dad will choke me to death.’ This is where it gets real.”
Despite the fact that producers tried to ruin the most important day of his life, Pratt said he would “absolutely” do a Hills reunion if asked. He also said that the couple’s fractured relationship with Lauren Conrad is not by their choice.
“It’s all positive here,” Spencer said. ” I just think from my perspective, she’s so solid in her brand and her statement she’s made ‘Forgive and forget.’ So it would be hard for her to look like a hypocrite. She always said we’d never last…”
Take a look at the video below to see Spencer Pratt talking about how he faked things on The Hills.
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