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Fox: Hilton, Richie back on ‘Simple Life’

Rod Stewart’s daughter will not replace Nicole Richie
/ Source: Reuters

Celebrity socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie may still be feuding, but that won’t keep them from co-starring on yet another installment of the popular Fox reality show “The Simple Life.”

Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori said  Thursday his network picked up both their options for a fourth edition of the series that has featured the pampered pair mixing with common folk and working real jobs in America’s heartland.

Liguori confirmed Fox was moving forward with the series as he was grilled by TV critics and reporters at the opening of Fox’s annual summer press tour.

The show’s future was thrown into doubt in April when Hilton issued a statement saying she and her onetime best pal, Richie, were “no longer friends,” although she gave no explanation for their falling out.

“Nicole knows what she did, and that’s all I’m ever going to say about it,” Hilton said at the time.

Asked whether the hotel heiress and the daughter of singer Lionel Richie had reconciled their differences, Liguori said, ”Not to my knowledge.” He said producers would figure out what direction the show would take “when we sit down, come up with a concept and talk to them.”

“Both have been picked up, both will be ready for work, and we’ll work with it,” he said.

Hilton, 24, and Richie, 23, each recently became engaged to marry, and Liguori suggested their impending nuptials might provide fodder for new episodes.

Fox executives added that veteran rocker Rod Stewart’s daughter, Kimberly, 25, would not be involved in the fourth edition of the show, contrary to previous statements by Hilton.

No production schedule or air date for the next “Simple Life” has been set.