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Brody Jenner Was 'Stoked' When MTV Canceled The Hills: New Beginnings

"There was a lot of manipulation involved."
  • Brody Jenner (Photo: James Atoa/Everett Collection)
    Brody Jenner (Photo: James Atoa/Everett Collection)

    Brody Jenner wasn't too torn up when MTV canceled The Hills: New Beginnings.

    "I was so stoked," Jenner told People in an interview published Tuesday. "To be honest, yeah. It just wasn't the same experience. It was very stressful. There was a lot of manipulation involved. It was just a lot."

    Jenner appeared on The Hills from 2006 to 2010. In 2018, MTV rebooted the series as The Hills: New Beginnings, but it was canceled this past January after only two seasons.

    "I was at a completely different point in my life and what I was sold on, on the show in general, was not what they were producing," Jenner explained. "They had told us in the beginning that, 'Hey, we're going to do a new Hills, and we want you guys to be on, but we're going to hire a new, younger cast.' ... I was like, 'Oh, that's great.' They're going to hire a new, younger cast, 'You guys will come in as the OGs. It's not going to be focused and centered around you guys.'"

    However, Jenner noted, "That's not what happened." He added, "We went in to do the show and it was just like, 'Nope, it's only you guys.' We had offered them a bunch of different younger people. I offered Brandon [Thomas] Lee, who was great for the show. I had a bunch of people that I kind of gave them and they just didn't take them. They're like, 'No.'"

    Jenner told People that his life now is much different than it was in the early 2000s, when the original series first aired.

    "I'm like, 'Dude, I'm f*cking 37 years old. I don't go out to nightclubs every night and go hunting for chicks in nightclubs. That's just not me anymore,'" he said. "So that was kind of a bummer, because we needed a younger cast to be on there. I didn't mind coming in and out and filming and living our authentic lives of where we were at, at that moment, but everything else felt very forced and pushed."

    Despite his feelings about the short-lived reboot, Jenner hasn't left The Hills behind entirely: he currently hosts a rewatch podcast with cast members Audrina Patridge and Frankie Delgado.

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    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Brody Jenner, MTV, The Hills, The Hills: New Beginnings