If Conrad's claim sounds familiar that's because she's previously stated that her time on the Laguna Beach spinoff was nearing its end.
She previously stated she came "dangerously close" to not participating in The Hill's Summer 2007 third season before filming began because she "really didn't want to do the show" with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
While she subsequently decided to stick with The Hills, Conrad was more definitive during an interview on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show last August in which he directly asked her if the show's fourth season would be her last.
"I think so, yeah," answered Conrad. "I would love to kind of finish out this show and I would love to just continue doing fashion and move onto something new, try something new and exciting."
However Audrina Patridge revealed in November that MTV had renewed The Hills for a fifth season and added that a majority of the show's cast felt the same way as Conrad.
"At one point, all of us were like, 'No, we don't want to do another season,'" said Patridge at the time. "I wanted to do more movies, and [Whitney Port] moved to New York and she's doing her own spinoff. And [Lauren Conrad is] dating [My Boys actor Kyle Howard] but he can't be on the show because he's on another show, so that makes it hard."
Conrad confirmed to Seventeen that Howard is a "friend," but danced around the exact nature of their relationship.
"I'm a fan of labels, but girlfriend doesn't always look good on me," she told Seventeen. "I think there was a time when I let a guy, if not several guys, walk all over me -- which I would never let happen now. I've grown to realize you can't allow yourself to be a victim."
Bonus The Hills fourth-season episodes are currently slated to premiere on MTV in March. A fifth-season debut date has yet-to-be-announced.
If The Hills' fifth season is really Conrad's swan song, Montag and Pratt -- who wed last November -- have previously stated they would take over the show for her.
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