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Whitney Port on 'The Hills:' We had to be dramatic for good TV

By Marilyn Malara   |   March 22, 2016 at 2:39 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Former reality star Whitney Port denies co-star Kristen Cavallari's claim The Hills was almost entirely fabricated, but did admit to being encouraged to be more dramatic.

Speaking to Us Weekly over the weekend, the actress and fashion designer said the show wasn't "staged," but "sometimes we had to make some situations more dramatic for the sake of making an entertaining TV show. But it's not like we were given scripts."

In 2013, Cavallari told Splash magazine producers for The Hills and Laguna Beach "did everything short of handing us a script.

"I had two lives," the bad-girl character of the show said at the time. "My Hills life and my real life...People are always surprised by how nice I am in real life."

Whitney Port was a main cast member of The Hills until she landed the spinoff series titled The City. She was never on the former show at the same time as Cavallari, who took over when Lauren Conrad left during The Hills' fifth season.

In her memoir Balancing In Heels, according to Celebrity Cafe, Cavallari insists producers manipulated her onscreen life, saying they "controlled and mapped our lives more than we were aware. It certainly provided some juicy conflicts, but it also affected me deeply."

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