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The Hills just isn't the same without Lauren Conrad. Take away the entertainment of Spencer Pratt and it's pretty much worthless ... which we'd better get used to.

The reality TV villain says he's leaving the show, and we think he's serious, to take his career in a surprising new direction: To protect America from cyber threats.

Seriously. People reported this.

"In the last few months I discovered a new passion and new purpose to my life," Pratt said. "With this in mind, I have decided to take a break from MTV's The Hills."

Now studying software engineering with a focus on encryption at USC, Spencer Pratt says he's off to work for American Defense Enterprises' cyber security division.

His first mission? Making sure all Heidi Montag pictures are secure!

V. I. Pimp

Our first, and hopefully not last line of defense against hackers.

"Upon learning of President Obama's declaration that the 'cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,' I have decided to refocus my energy and resources to helping America," he says.

"My new mission is this: To do my part in maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent emerging technologies from threatening our nation's security as we face this and other unprecedented challenges."

That's ... awesome actually. But this is Spencer Pratt. He can't possibly be serious, right? Is there a reality TV crew on call to film him fighting cyber-terrorists?

"I am saddened to take this break from MTV's The Hills," he admits. "However I feel I would not be honoring my country if I were to continue when I have the ability and opportunity to assist our nation against these prevalent threats."

Pratt's wife, Heidi Montag, remains on The Hills. Spencer has also been relieved of managerial duties for Heidi, who's now using Malibu-based psychic Aiden Chase.

Cyber Threat

These jerks have met their sleazy match.

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Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera are not only an item, they're co-workers. Well, kind of. For her, "work" is being on MTV's non-reality show The Hills.

It looks like Cabrera has agreed to come on board the long-running program, filming scenes last Friday evening at Hollywood club La Vida with Audrina.

The two were being filmed "for about an hour at a secluded table on the patio," according to witnesses. Wonder what the cue cards had 'em talk about.

A rep for Ryan Cabrera confirmed that he'll appear on the show, but hasn't yet signed a deal. Looks as though his career is "On the Way Down." Sorry, had to.

Ryan Cabrera and Audrina Patridge

Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera do make a cute couple, we gotta say. Nice to see them yogether on The Hills and in real life! [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

Having dated years ago, the singer and reality star rekindled their romance in January. The two were seen holding hands in Mexico earlier this month.

"Ryan is a great guy," a pal tells Us. "Audrina is having fun!

It's easy to see why. He seems chill, and Patridge's most famous Hills romance was with that douche Justin-Bobby. From there, one can only improve.

Other men in her life haven't been that much better. Corey Bohan fizzled out, and Zachary Loring, well ... he's certifiably insane and stalks her a lot.

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A nasty war between Doug Reinhardt and his landlord has resulted in a lawsuit in which the people behind The Hills are being sued for trashing some guy's house.

Man, no one likes that show anymore!

It began when Reinhardt, a.k.a. the boy toy of Paris Hilton, sued his landlord back in September, claiming the guy stiffed him out of a $21,000 security deposit.

Doug put that down on a Hollywood Hills home featured on the show. The landlord withheld it because Doug, he said, used it for The Hills without permission.

Moreover, the landlord also claims Doug Reinhardt and MTV caused "substantial physical and other damage" to the home while taping and is suing them for it.

Doug in Trouble

DOUGIE LIKES: Reinhardt isn't smiling over this legal drama.

The landlord is going after Doug, MTV and Viacom for damaging the home and invading his privacy, plus he's accusing MTV of trespassing. Clearly he is not pleased!

He's asking for unspecified damages and attorney's fees.

Doug's rep shot back that he has photographic evidence proving he didn't trash the house ... and there was "no prohibitions to filming" in his contract with the guy.

He and Paris Hilton have plenty of experience getting the cops called on them for disputes at their respective places, but he's breaking new ground with this one.

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You know it's sad when a Jersey Shore cast member is something you aspire to be. But that's exactly where The Hills star Kristin Cavallari is at these days.

"I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of jealous," Kristin Cavallari said when asked about the new hit MTV show at her 23rd birthday party Saturday night at Beso.

Jersey Shore brought in more than 3.2 million viewers during last week's episode, an all-time high for the freshman series in its brief, ultra-trashy history.

By comparison, ratings for The Hills ratings dropped significantly during this past season, the first one in which Kristin replaced retired star Lauren Conrad.

We're not sure that's a coincidence.

  • The Situation
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The Situation (pun intended) at MTV right now is that Jersey Shore is clobbering The Hills' most recent season's ratings. Kristin Cavallari would jump ship if asked!

Just 1.72 million viewers saw the October season 5 finale of The Hills, while 2.6 million viewers watched the season 4 finale and more still the prior season.

No wonder Kristin Cavallari wants a piece of the Jersey Shore action. Her favorite character on that show: "The Situation," she said. "I mean, come on, right?"

Right.

She said she'd even date a guido herself. "Maybe, if I liked him," the blonde Laguna Beach alum confessed. "I mean, if I was attracted to him, absolutely."

How can you not be attracted to The Situation quotes? Come on.

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Spencer Pratt may have a hot new single and a ridiculous house in Hollywood thanks to his success on The Hills, but the Jersey Shore cast is not impressed.

Asked about The Hills cast, Jersey's Ronnie Magro said of his fellow MTV reality stars: "I’m not crazy about them. We’re doing better than them right now."

"They’re really not that big of a deal," Ronnie adds, noting that the only thing the West Coasters can do better than the Shore guidos is "outspend" them.

The guidettes would welcome a throwdown as well.

"It would be awesome to do The Hills versus Jersey Shore, like Real World/Road Rules Challenge. We would torture them," Jenni "J-WOWW" Farley said.

"We’d ruin them,” she said. “I’d take on all six girls!"

Cast of Jersey Shore

The cast of Jersey Shore thinks it's already out of The Hills' league.

According to Mike Sorrentino, a.k.a. "The Situation," he and his fellow cast members already had a Hills run-in, and it was clear who was looking up at who.

“Somebody called our publicist in L.A. and said, 'The girls from The Hills want to sit next to you in a club,'" The Situation said. “As soon as we walked in, I saw some girl running at me. That happens a lot to us, so we didn’t know who."

"She almost tackled me. I went, ‘Oh, she’s kinda cute.’ Then I saw it was Kristin Cavallari. I like to think that I’ve always had it like this, but not to this extent!”

We can only hope for a crossover episode featuring Justin-Bobby and Kristin's fake relationship intertwined with ridiculous Jersey Shore quotes. Give it time.

Perhaps the biggest sign they’ve made it? Snooki and The Situation were parodied on Saturday Night Live. “I thought it was hilarious,” Snooki, a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi, said of Bobby Moynihan’s SNL Snooki parody of her. "He said what I would say."

Which MTV show's cast do you like better?

 

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You may exhale now. Audrina Patridge will be back on The Hills next season.

After weeks of negotiations, Us reports she will return: “I can officially confirm that Audrina Patridge will appear in the 6th season of The Hills," her rep said.

"Production will resume shortly after the new year. Next week, Audrina begins filming the pilot episode of her currently unnamed spinoff show, also for MTV."

"The new show will be produced by Mark Burnett."

Nice plug for the new show, rep.

In an exciting twist, a source close to Audrina Patridge, says it's possible that both of her reality shows will be intertwined. There's only one problem we see:

There would have to be material worth watching involving Audrina on either show, and there really hasn't been in multiple seasons ... if at all, honestly.

How many more times can we sit and watch her whine about Justin-Bobby and say "I'm done with you!" when we know it's not even true? Just saying.

In any case, she greased the machine over at the network for serious dough: "She is getting six figures per episode," an insider dished. "It's a lucrative deal."

While that sum sounds absolutely ludicrous, and without question it is, when Jersey Shore is MTV's next hottest program, Audrina has some serious leverage.

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Falling ratings and lackluster recent seasons aside, MTV evidently felt the positives outweighed the negatives with The Hills and its NYC spinoff The City.

Both will return for new seasons next year!

The Hills, which just aired its fifth season finale Tuesday, was itself a spinoff of the popular Laguna Beach, and a must-see among the crucial 18-34 demo.

Ratings dive-bombed with the departure of Lauren Conrad and the introduction of less appealing characters and fairly vanilla stories this season, however.

The second half of Season Five began in September with just 2.1 million viewers, a sharp decline of around 50 percent from its previous season premieres.

Get ready for new seasons of Kristin, Whitney and cohorts!

Kristin Cavallari, Conrad's former rival on Laguna Beach, took Lauren's place as the series' main protagonist, earning some praise but also much criticism.

Meanwhile, The City, starring Hills alumna Whitney Port, also got the green light for a third season after its similarly mediocre episode a few nights ago.

In its first season, it focused on Whitney, both personally and professionally. This season it tried to be a "workplace drama." Reviews are still mixed.

Can The Hills recapture the drama-crazed, bitchy, guiltily addictive magic of seasons past? Can The City decide what it wants to be?

That remains to be seen, but they'll get a shot!

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On the season finale of The Hills, Spencer Pratt finally learned if Heidi is knocked up, while Justin refused to let Kristin Cavallari break things off without a fight.

As always, The Hollywood Gossip staff looks back at the major developments on Tuesday's episode of The Hills, awarding and deducting points as we see fit ...

A Barbie Wannabe

Minus 2 for the obligatory, scripted Stacie-Kristin opening discussion.

Spencer on Heidi's tactics: "That's straight hijacking sperm!" Plus 3.

Audrina Patridge feels that she has to see Justin - one last time - for closure. Minus 12 because we've heard that many times before, spanning two seasons.

Kristin tells Justin-Bobby she doesn't want a boyfriend right now. That or she just doesn't want one who mumbles constantly and bathes infrequently. Plus 4.

Spencer: "Am I a grown up, Enzo?" Enzo: "I dunno!" Plus 3.

Brody's friend Taylor, a.k.a. Sleazy T, is engaged! To Abbey Wilson, Joe Francis' ex and the girl behind his fight with Jayde Nicole! Plus 11 for the randomness.

Kristin and Justin-Bobby are, like, a couple now. Yes, really.

Heidi has officially morphed into a skanky Barbie doll. Minus 4.

Wow, Jayde Nicole isn't crazy or clingy at all. Wow. Brody did the right thing and decided to end things, at least... if he goes through with it. Plus only 2 for now.

Kristin admits that maybe her bitchiness / bad-girl attitude is just a facade that stems from attachment issues after her parents' divorce. How ... honest! Plus 7.

Justin to Audrina: "Maybe I didn't commit because you weren't the one." Minus 6, but Plus 9 for her rebuttal that he's going to die alone. Harsh but necessary.

Plus 15 for Heidi Montag drawing out her answer, a la Season 2, when Spencer asks if she's preggers: "I was hoping ... it's my dream ... but ... I'm not." Way to make him squirm a little, Heidi. But Minus 10 because WE KNOW.

Apparently inspired by Audrina telling him off, Justin-Bobby bears his soul and says he's not ready to let Kristin go ... and she's all for it! Minus only 3, because while they totally gross us out, we can't say we saw it coming - for once.

TOTAL: +15! SEASON TOTAL: +105! Week in and week out, The Hills remains a fun guilty pleasure, and the season finale was no exception. But without Lauren Conrad, things aren't the same. Speidi can't carry it alone, and we're indifferent on Kristin.

Will the show be back for another season? Should it be back? What was your favorite part of last night's finale - and the season overall? Comment and tell us!

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The fifth season of The Hills comes to an end tonight, and Spencer Pratt is stressing that Heidi Montag may be knocked up despite his wishes and efforts.

In a basketball-court chat with Brody Jenner about her sneaky attempts to get pregnant - with or without his consent - Spencer laments his predicament.

"There's a chance that I'm about to be Pratt Daddy for real," he tells Jenner, noting that Heidi's gone rogue and he found a pregnancy test in the trash.

After telling Brody about their "conversation," Spencer Pratt is informed by his old friend that it's not really a conversation if no one listens. How true.

Spencer and Brody: BFFs 4 life (as long as LC's not around).

Still, Spencer continues, saying that Heidi's tactics amount to "like a sperm kidnapping." Adds a smiling Jenner: "That's scary, man." Oh yes. It certainly is.

It might be more compelling if there were a chance in hell she was actually pregnant, but somehow we doubt the show will stun us with that revelation.

Also tonight, we will see how the fake love pentagon between Brody, Justin-Bobby, Kristin Cavallari, Jayde Nicole and Audrina Patridge is resolved. Woo.

Follow the jump for a clip from The Hills finale ...

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Tuesday night on The Hills, Spencer Pratt was convinced Heidi Montag might be preggers, while Kristin Cavallari and BFF Stacie took off for a girls weekend.

As always, The Hollywood Gossip staff looks back at the major developments on Tuesday's episode of The Hills, awarding and deducting points as we see fit ...

En route to Vegas, Stacie opines that her chances of hooking up are 90% while Kristin's are 65%. So she deems herself 25% more skanky? We'll buy it. Plus 3.

Forget Mr. Right, the girls say as they pre-party for their big night out in Sin City. Bring on Mr. Right Now! Groan. Minus 4. So creative and not at all scripted.

Scruffy Spencer Pratt pal Charlie is apparently the all-knowing oracle of baby-making schemes perpetrated by girls. Plus 2, because you gotta wonder why.

Bored with girls night out after like 15 minutes, Kristin Cavallari leaves a voicemail for a mystery man. Gee, we wonder who. Minus 3 for the fake suspense.

Spencer takes Heidi out for sushi to "test" her. She passes on wine, and on raw fish, then nonchalantly brings up neighbor Enzo to complete the trifecta. Plus 5.

Which couple from The Hills grosses you out more?

In the morning, Stacie learns Kristin brought a guy home and he's in her shower! Minus 5 for MTV expecting us to believe Justin-Bobby drove five hours in response to this booty call, but Plus 8 for him bathing for the first time in history.

Audrina Patridge has dinner with Justin-Bobby bud Derek and says she's DONE! She's SO over him! For GOOD! Until next week's promos, that is. Pathetic. Minus 14.

Kristin, Justin and Stacie hit a strip club, where the latter complains about being a third wheel. Minus only 1, though, because Kristin wants to "learn how to work a pole."

Plus 17 for the obligatory Kristin-Stacie kissing scene. These two girls are such attention whores, it's really sad in a way. But hey, at least they're good at it.

Charlie: "Dude, you gotta be you." Spencer: "Me is not a baby." LOL. Plus 12.

Justin: [in bed the next day] "How you feelin'?" Kristin: "Pretty bad, but not as bad as I should." Justin: "That's 'cause I'm here." Massive eye roll. Minus 8.

TOTAL: +12! SEASON TOTAL: +90! Kristin and Stacie may be painful at times, but you've gotta give them credit for stirring up trouble, which is their sole reason for existing. We love the Spencer-Charlie heart-to-hearts, too.

The Hills Quotes

Brody's girlfriend is pretty. With very large breasts.

Lauren Bosworth [on Cora Skinner]

Someone with a great sense of humor is the most important thing, and someone who really supports me in everything I do... I don’t ever want to make an excuse for trying to work hard and having my own life. I love a guy that supports that and loves that.

Lauren Conrad [on men]
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