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Lauren Conrad Is Too ‘Highbrow’ for MTV Now

Lauren "L.C." Conrad was the heroine of the seminal reality-television series Laguna Beach, and then the star of The Hills. But while other girls on MTV, er, evolved, Conrad stayed demure. Finally, she exited The Hills, leaving the gig to bustier, blonder women. Now Conrad (a published author, mind you) is just too damn smart for MTV altogether: Last fall, the network announced that it was reuniting with L.C. for another series focused on her burgeoning fashion line, but the network announced yesterday that it passed after filming. Conrad explained it this way: "We sold a show to MTV, filmed it and are really proud of the final result. MTV felt the subject matter was too high brow and offered me the opportunity to change the show by incorporating more of my personal life. MTV didn’t feel their viewers were savvy enough to appreciate it." Ouch! But we would have liked to see her rekindle the flame with Stephen. [Inside TV/EW]