Socialite and fashion designer Nicole Richie is heading back to reality TV after landing a deal for her online series #candidlynicole. Lionel Richie's daughter has been starring in a digital mini-series for Internet giant AOL over the past few months, and the episodes about her daily adventures have proved so popular with fans, the show has been picked up by network executives at America's VH1, and it will premiere in July (14).
VH1 representative Susan Levison says, "Nicole's sharp, acerbic sense of humour and broad audience appeal make #CandidlyNicole a perfect fit for the VH1 brand.
"Viewers will enjoy her unique point of view and earnest look at pop culture as well as her fearless exploration of anything and everything taboo."
Richie has also scored a first look/development deal with the network for her Honey Child Productions firm for all future projects.
She previously enjoyed TV fame on The Simple Life, with her pal Paris Hilton, while she has also served as a mentor on U.S. design competition show Fashion Star.
Get ready for it: Nicole Richie, rapper.
The former Simple Life star, now 32, a mom and a fashionista, has been anchoring her own AOL webseries of late, Candidly Nicole. In the newest episode, "Nicole Knows Hip Hop," she tries her hand at some mean rhymes, working with producer Benji Madden and rapper Ebone Hoodrich to create a rap song she "can relate to." What exactly does she relate to? Her bangs, hairstylist house calls, gluten-free spaghetti, and, apparently, meowing. The last one is attempt to give a feline spin on DMX's barking. We think. Watch the video above for dropped R's and the most awkward swagga you've ever seen. Nikki Rich is quite the wordsmith!
But doesn't this make you wish Richie would return to TV proper for another reality show? How cool would it be to see her star in her own show, without dead weight Paris Hilton. She could even return to some of her Simple Life stomping grounds, interacting with the mere mortals she and Paris mocked on their seminal series 10 years ago. Reality TV gods, make this happen.
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Nicole Richie has returned to her reality show roots by debuting the first episode of her new online series #candidlynicole. Lionel Richie's daughter first stepped into the spotlight when she appeared on the hit U.S. TV show The Simple Life with hotel heiress Paris Hilton, and now she is starring in a digital mini-series for Internet giant AOL.
In the socialite's debut show, she visits a specialist to get the "tramp stamp" tattoo on her lower back removed, joking, "It just means a certain thing, and I don't want to be part of that group."
The star goes on to reveal she had her first inking done in a garage when she was just 14 years old, but the Chinese "love symbol" design apparently didn't mean what it was supposed to.
Richie eventually opts out of the removal process, insisting, "I'm not going back every two months. That's too much upkeep. But I'm hoping that in maybe 10 years when it's really embarrassing that they'll have new technology."
Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has also signed up for a 10-episode AOL show called Second Chances, in which she and her longtime personal trainer Tracy Anderson will interview women who have overcome adversity and transformed their lives through healthy eating and fitness.