When The Simple Life first aired in December 2003, there was nothing else like it on TV at the time. Starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, the reality show featured the two socialites struggling to perform menial, low paying jobs. The show was incredibly popular during its five-season run. Since it’s been about a decade since it went off the air, reminisce with these 8 things you didn’t know about the reality show:
The show was inspired by Green Acres, a sitcom about a New York society couple who moved to a farm. Brad Johnson, Senior Vice President of comedy development at Fox, initially wanted to move a wealthy family to the South and have cameras observe them without their credit cards and luxury cars, as they struggled to get jobs, buy groceries and fit in with average Americans. At the same time as this concept was being developed, Sharon Klein, senior VP of casting at Fox, was meeting with Paris Hilton because she was interested in doing a show with her. It wasn’t until these two departments talked that they realized they had their show – they would send Paris and her socialite sister Nicky to live on a farm!