LOS ANGELES Oct 9, 2006 (AP)— Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are reunited. And the producer of "The Simple Life" says it feels so good. After a yearlong public feud that nearly killed the reality show that made them famous, Hilton and Richie have agreed to film a fifth chapter of "The Simple Life" together, executive producer Jon Murray told The Associated Press.
"The thing the viewers love is the two girls together," he said. "America, Paris and Nicole are going to camp."
The 25-year-old celebutantes will be camp counselors in the newest "Simple Life" adventure, which is set to begin production next month, Murray said. The show will air on E! next spring, he said.
The show will delve into "what led to the breakdown in the friendship and maybe some of the misunderstandings and things that got in the way," he said.
At the height of their feud during the last "Simple Life" outing, Hilton and Richie filmed their parts separately. Murray was going to put the two on a "deserted island with a bunch of survivalists" for the next season when they agreed to appear side-by-side in the show.
"They reached out to each other in universal disdain for the island concept," he said, "and rekindled their friendship."
The two went public with their seemingly reconciled relationship Sunday, arriving together at Dan Tana's Steakhouse in Los Angeles. After dinner, they text-messaged while waiting for their car on a bench in front of the restaurant. At one point, they looked at each other and smiled when an unseen observer said, "I always knew you'd be friends again, Paris."