Two rich blond women and three dogs will board a Greyhound bus Wednesday — with dozens of cameramen, makeup artists and hangers-on in hot pursuit — as a new installment of the reality TV show “The Simple Life” starts filming.
The stars of the show, heiress Paris Hilton and her best friend Nicole Richie, said they planned to spend the eve of their departure packing — nine suitcases for Hilton and six for Richie.
“I never end up wearing even half the things I bring, but it’s always good to have a selection. You never know where we’re going or what the weather’s going to be like,” Hilton said.
Fox scored a major hit with the first two seasons of “The Simple Life.” In the first season, the pair were transplanted to a farm in middle America, while the second season saw the duo traveling from town to town in a camper van.
This time, the pair will visit major cities along the East Coast and work as interns in a range of jobs, including stints on Wall Street and in a classroom.
“It’s two girlfriends having fun and being silly which I think a lot of girls can relate to,” Richie said in an interview in a penthouse loft in Manhattan.
“A lot of people have misconceptions that we wouldn’t know how to do things,” says Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie and a childhood friend of Hilton family heiress Paris. ”This is to show everybody that we can do it.”
Still, she is hoping the big city tour will mean no repeats of the episode when she had to put her arm inside a cow. “I’m just over doing manual labor, we don’t want to get dirty any more,” she said.
Insiders said the show’s producers approached several people in the House to procure an internship for the celebrity socialites, but they came up empty-handed.
Only the show’s producers know the final itinerary for the month-long trip and the nature of the jobs the two will perform. The show is expected to air in the first half of next year.