'The Simple Life 2' begins filming, then pauses due to death of Hilton family matriarch
By Reality TV World staff, 03/17/2004
Bunim-Murray Productions began filming the second season of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's The Simple Life this past weekend, but then almost immediately put production of the cross-country road trip adventure on hold so that Paris could fly to Los Angeles to attend the Tuesday funeral of Marilyn Hilton, her 76-year-old grandmother who passed away on Friday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Production of the series is expected to resume within a day or two.
Paris and Nicole are making their 30-day road trip in a pink pick-up truck with a shiny metallic trailer hitched to the back and are travelling with no money, no credit cards, no cell phones and no baggage (as in boyfriends -- not luggage.) The cross-country trip began in Miami Beach and will end in Beverly Hills. "I've never been on a road trip anywhere," Paris told The Associated Press before the trip began. "The farthest I've driven is from L.A. to Palm Springs, which takes like two hours. It seems fun."
During each stop of the road trip, they'll stay with a different local host family -- a continuation of the theme that made the first season so popular. "It's going to be definitely more interesting and more adventurous because last time, we were just stuck in Arkansas with a family, but this time it's going to be different families every episode," Paris told The AP.
As in last season, the girls' local host families will once again have arranged for local jobs for Paris and Nicole, but the girls will be on their own for almost everything else -- including any transportation problems.
By Monday afternoon, Reality TV World had received reports of the "celebutantes" being spotted eating lunch at a local lunch cafe in Brooksville, Florida -- population 7,264 -- where they told locals that they were working at the nearby Weeki Wachee Springs water park.
Paris also warns that viewers expecting to see footage of Paris and Nicole out partying at numerous local nighttime hotspots might be disappointed. "I don't like going out anymore. It's not that much fun," Hilton explained to The AP. "Since the show came out, I can't really have fun anymore because people coming up every minute and, are like, `Oh, can I have a picture.' ... I really can't even hang out with my friends very much anymore."