In Defense of Spencer & Heidi Pratt: Why Your Least Favorite Reality Stars Are Really The Best
It's easy to hate Spencer and Heidi Pratt nee Montag. Every show needs a villain, and in this case, MTV's reality TV series The Hills, got two in the form of Speidi. We met Heidi in Season 1, she was the innocent but eager roommate of Lauren Conrad. She wanted to party and she wanted attention, but she acted much like any young 20-something living in Los Angeles would. Then Spencer came along and immediately stole Heidi's affections. She was hooked, and he knew it. He played games, and she was a willing participant. Six seasons filled with scandal, back-stabbing, heartbreak and lost friendships later, Heidi and Spencer are still together — engaged — yet much else of their lives remains the same. In a interview on Bethenny Frankel's talk show Wednesday, Spencer revealed what the audience already expected: Most of The Hills was scripted.
And this isn't surprising: The Hills couldn't survive off of awkward glances, hair flips and long pauses sans dialogue alone. Much of the dramatic action appeared over the top, and Pratt confirmed this theory. He even went as far as to say that producers asked him to leave Heidi at the altar during their televised wedding. And because the couple admitted to staging much of their dialogue for the sake of ratings, for Pratt, this request was a step too far. And this defines the essence of why we love the Pratts. Spencer said:
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." I'm like, "There are people that flew here. Heidi's dad will choke me to death." This is where it gets real. We have to draw the line somewhere. That was the beginning of drawing the line with them. It was towards the end, and we were like, "We've done so much crap for you guys. The fact that you wouldn't give us a day, and now you're trying in all your power to ruin it."
Sure, Spencer and Heidi are awful friends (from what we saw on the show), and Heidi's obsession with looking like a life-sized Barbie doll is hardly conducive to our empathy, but I'm completely convinced that this pair is in love. They have to be — surviving the ups and downs of a constant reality TV shoot is hard enough, but when you're pigeonholed as the series baddies, there's not working in your relationships favor. But they somehow, inexplicably, managed to stay together for the show's taping and beyond. It's been more than 8 years since the pair got together, and while Heidi did file for divorce at one point, the pair reconciled and appear, well, happy.
Of course there is the theory that they remain married for the media, but their MTV contract is over, no one is following them around with a camera and mic now. Plus, who else could possibly relate to their situation? These two need one another, and they seemed suited to a life together. Their commitment to one another has lasted longer than many Hollywood romances, so maybe they can make it after all. That is, if Heidi can find room in between Spencer's 500K worth of crystals.