Paris & Nicole's Deer Trouble
by Julie Keller
Jan 19, 2005, 5:00 PM PT
Oh, deer. The Simple Life is in trouble again.
Just two weeks after being deemed bad role models and yanked as potential grade-school teachers for an episode of The Simple Life 3: Interns, Paris and Nicole are in the hot seat again.
This time, the fuss is over a dead deer.
Officials in Dennis Township, New Jersey, claim that show staffers poached a deer so the two high-maintenance socialites could gut it for an episode.
A spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection allege the deer was not only shot out of hunting season, but also picked off from a car window. The purported perps--two men who work on the hit Fox reality series--could face fines of $100 to $500.
A spokesman for Bunim-Murray Productions has said that no one connected to the show was involved in shooting the deer.
This is the second time The Simple Life 3 has hit a speed bump in New Jersey.
Last week, parents a school in rural Buena Vista Township protested a planned episode of the series where Hilton and Richie act as schoolteachers. In the words of one parent: "Their reputation leaves a lot to be desired."
That episode was scratched and the duo tackled an Atlantic City firehouse instead.
Deceased deer and outraged parents aside, Paris is enjoying the fruits of her celebutante fame (the hotel heiress' résumé now includes TV, movies, music, clothing and jewelry lines, nightclubs and more) and has just purchased her first home. The $3 million, 3,500 square-foot villa is in the Hollywood Hills, not far from the home she and sister Nicky currently rent.
The Simple Life 3: Interns, which features the saucy socialites acting as interns at myriad jobs all while traveling by Greyhound, premieres Jan. 26 on Fox.