Rumors have been flying around the Internet today that Heidi and Spencer have left I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. TMZ reported that “a source close to production” says they walkedoff the show for good after the live portion of last night’s series premiere, and Daily Fill says Daniel Baldwin will join brother Stephen as their replacement. Repsfor the duo are deferring to NBC, which will only say that we all haveto tune in to find out what happened, and as one of the shameful millions who voluntarily watched last night, I’m of two minds about this. On one hand, I’m overjoyed to hear that my television won’t be emitting any more of the high-pitched barking that I’m told is Heidi’s speaking voice. And the thought of never again seeing Spencer cover his woolly head in something called “dry shampoo” leaves me at ease. But my happiness is put on hold by a nagging thought: The show will be less fun without them.
Between the constant hissy fits and the moments of stomach-churning codependence, The Hills‘ duo all but turned last night’s episode into an hour-long infomercial for own their two-person cult of craziness. They lasted about five seconds into their stint before threatening to leave for the first time, each for their own warped reason. Spencer, as always, had business in mind. “This cast is devaluing our fame,” he hissed to NBC honcho Ben Silverman on a satellite phone. But Heidi, clinging to her man like a fanny pack, said she had a more immediate worry: “I cannot not have sex with you for that long.”
Then there was the business with the hair products, a few more aborted escapes, and some brain-bending shots of Heidi committing metaphorical cannibalism by eating roasted scorpions whole. By the end of the episode, the couple had ticked off pretty much every other cast member, turning themselves into the de facto stars of the show. “I’m a villain, so why wouldn’t I want my brand being negative everywhere?” Spencer asks. Why, indeed? They are hired “bad guys,” and they’re good at their job.
So if the Pratt pack really is gone, what’s left for us? Scenes of Lou Diamond Phillips thoughtfully delegating work as the team leader? Hours of twin-speak wisecracks from Frangela? The inevitable Janice Dickinson meltdown followed by the inevitable Janice Dickinson resurrection? Because if that’s the case, I have plenty of DVR’d MTV True Life episodes that need watching. I hate to say it, but if Speidi goes, so do I.
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