Typographical errors can be annoying. They can be frustrating. They can be harmful. But do you know what else they can be? Illuminating. And last night, I encountered one exceptionally illuminating typographical error. Thanks to a beautiful and benevolent typo, I learned that Southern Charm star Landon Clements was on The Hills .
As Monday evening's episode of Southern Charm wound down, I kicked off my post-episode routine: I flipped open my laptop and spent tens of minutes scanning the cast’s social media accounts for any and all show gossip (special shout out to Kathryn Dennis for tweeting scorching hot balls of fire week after week). When it was time check out Clements’s Instagram page, I typed “landon clements t” into my browser’s search bar. Yes, the "t" was a typo. The "t" had no business being there. The "t" had to go.
Or so I thought. Just as I was about to banish the accidental "t" from the search bar, three of the four suggested phrases caught my eye: "landon clements the hills," "landon clements the hills mtv," and "landon clements the hills tv show."
"Hold the flip phone," I mumbled at my web browser. "Am I seeing things? How am I only hearing about this now? Don't I feel tardy for the party."
The Charmer is one of several future Bravo personalities who cut their reality television teeth on the MTV series: Scheana Shay from Vanderpump Rules, Tom Sandoval from Vanderpump Rules, and Taylor Armstrong from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills all appeared on The Hills before they were Bravolebrities.
And before the typo incident transpired, I had no idea Clements was on The Hills. I am forever indebted to that accidental "t."
And with that, I spent the next twenties of minutes scouring the Internet for any and all details pertaining to the Southern Charm star’s turn on the iconic MTV show. Here is what the 'net told me: Clements first appeared on The Hills in Season 1 Episode 3 as an assistant to Brent Bolthouse, Heidi Montag’s then-boss.
Yup. Once upon a time, Heidi Montag and Landon Clements were coworkers. What a world.
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