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Yesterday, the wonderful Paris Hilton tweeted 'Should The Simple Life return?' and I nearly passed out with the excitement. 

The reality show that made my early teenage years, The Simple Life was honestly one of the best things on TV in the naughties. 

And while I'm not convinced it will ever return, I decided to take a trip down memory lane, and enjoy some of Paris and Nicole's best bits. 

That's hot…

1. That time the girlos worked in a funeral home. 

2. That time Paris mopped the floor using a SEGWAY. 

3. When they were in charge of a restaurant's signage. 

4. When Nicole was an excellent role mode. 

5. When Paris cooked bacon with an iron (genius).

6. Real talk, though.

7. Ordering ice cream like a boss…

8. The environment is very important to Paris. 

9. Important discoveries were made in every episode. 

10. When absolutely everything was 'hot'. 

 11. When they made a sly dig at Kim Kardashian. 

12. When Nicole inspired women everywhere.

 13. More excellent advice. 

14. A helping hand for her good friend. 

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 15. Last but not least, that time Nicole put her whole arm up a cow's arse.

(And then threw the poop-covered glove at Paris.)


Nicole Richie became a household name when she joined then BFF Paris Hilton for the reality TV show The Simple Life, which we still miss very much.

The under-rated but very much loved series introduced us all to Lionel Richie’s adopted daughter and put Nicole in the media spotlight.

66-year old Lionel spoke with Piers Morgan recently about difficult it can be to suddenly be pushed into the spotlight. He also shared the very cute story behind how he and Nicole became family.

“I went to a Prince concert and there on the stage in the middle of the concert was this four-year-old kid playing the tambourine.”

He says when he went backstage, he realised he knew Nicole’s birth parents. The couple where however having relationship issues at the time.

“I said, ‘While you are having the difficulty the kid is sitting out here in limbo so I’ll tell you what I’ll do, just put the kid in my house until the tour is over with and then we will sort this out later’.”

He explained that after a year of living with Nicole, he became ‘Dad’ to her and he decided to adopt her officially.

“I said, ‘OK here is what we are going to do… You are going to make everyone in your family wish they actually had a chance to get you back,’ and that’s when I said, 'Let’s adopt her.'″

Now happily married to Joel Madden and mother of Harlow and Sparrow, Nicole has certainly made some lifestyle changes since her early 00s days. In 2003 she was arrested for heroin possession.

When Lionel heard the news he cancelled his tour so he could go to Nicole’s rehab centre:

“I went to her and I said, 'When I was growing up I lost three friends, they were the hippest friends I ever knew in life … I don’t want you to be in that list of three’.”


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After Nicole lost two friends as a result of drug abuse, she called her father and asked for help. He said at the time he and her mother were not on good terms but the family came together to support Nicole through her rehabilitation.