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After a nearly monthlong negotiation, Brody Jenner and his wife, Kaitlynn Carter, have reached a deal with MTV to join the network’s reboot of The Hills, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
News of Jenner’s participation comes after the reality show revival was announced during the MTV Video Music Awards. During the Aug. 20 broadcast, the network aired a teaser for the show, titled The Hills: New Beginnings, which will follow original castmembers, their significant others, children and friends living and working in Los Angeles.
Hours before the clip aired, castmembers Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia and Stephanie Pratt reunited on the VMAs red carpet at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Jenner, along with series lead Lauren Conrad and her mid-season five replacement, Kristin Cavallari, were noticeably absent. Whitney Port was also missing, but later confirmed on Instagram that she will appear on New Beginnings.
Last month, THR reported that Jenner was in talks with MTV to join the reboot. “Everybody wants Brody to come back. He was such a big part of the show,” a source close to the revival said at the time. “It truly wouldn’t be the same without him.”
Jenner later publicly announced his casting on New Beginnings in a Thursday night Instagram post. “Don’t call it a comeback,” he wrote. “THE HILLS: New Beginnings coming soon to @mtv.”
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Jenner, who wed model and blogger Carter earlier this summer in Indonesia, famously dated Conrad on The Hills. Their relationship fueled many storylines throughout the show’s six-season run. Conrad, who exited the series halfway through season five in 2009, will not be involved in the reboot.
Though Cavallari previously revealed on Pratt and Montag’s Make Speidi Famous Again podcast that she would “love nothing more than a Hills reunion,” her contractual obligations with E! are likely to prevent her from participating. Along with her role as a red-carpet correspondent for the network at major awards shows, her E! reality series, Very Cavallari, was recently picked up for a second season.
Jenner is repped by Eric Podwall.
The Hills: New Beginnings is set to start filming in October and is expected to premiere in 2019.
Sept. 13, 10:43 p.m. Updated with Jenner’s Instagram post.
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