‘The Hills’ Will Be Back Without Lauren Conrad

The show will introduce new castmembers next season to keep things spicy.

Lauren Conrad might be saying goodbye at the end of this season of [url id="http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/the_hills/series.jhtml"]“The Hills,”[/url] but MTV has announced that the show will be back for another season later this year without its original star. The network also announced that some new castmembers will be joining the show to keep things spicy.

“MTV viewers will find out life in Los Angeles only gets more complicated as friendships, relationships and loyalties are tested like never before as ‘The Hills’ returns this fall with more episodes of season five,” reads a press release to MTV News.

If anyone was worried that Lauren’s departure meant other “Hills” favorites would be leaving, fear not: Everyone else will be back to keep the drama alive. “Lauren has moved on, but Heidi, Audrina, Spencer, Brody, Stephanie, Lo and Justin Bobby will be back, as the drama continues with fresh faces, new stories and shocking surprises.”

Of course, the show’s resident newlyweds will also be back. “Spencer and Heidi will be newlyweds,” the statement reads. “So the stakes are higher than ever before for the two to make things work.”

Former “Hills” star Whitney Port talked to MTV News recently about why Conrad decided to jump ship. “I think at this point, she’s put everybody else and the audience in front of her for the last eight years, so now she decided she needs to put herself first,” the “City” star told MTV News. (Editor’s note: Conrad actually debuted on “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” in 2004.) “I think she’s not happy anymore.”

Whitney said Lauren was tired of having a camera in her face at all times. “We talked about that a lot. I know she was having a lot of difficulty with it as the season was wrapping,” she said. “I think she needs to do what she wants to do. It’s hard. She’s had her life on tape since she was 16 years old.”