Us Weekly has confirmed exclusively with the Fox network that The Simple Life has been cancelled. The highly rated reality series, starring feuding former pals Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, was set to begin shooting a fourth season in two weeks. ''They tried to make it work, but couldn't,'' says a show source. ''The network just had to pull the plug.'' A Fox publicist confirmed the cancellation to Us. Fox said in a statement to Us: ''Collectively, we did not see a place for The Simple Life on our schedule this season.'' Twentieth Century Fox Television, the producers of the show, said in a statement: ''We're disappointed that The Simple Life will not continue on Fox where it has performed so well, but we believe this series starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie is still a dynamic and valuable franchise. We hope to be able to announce a new network partner in the coming days.''
Sources tells Us that the two main reasons for the cancellation were Hilton and Richie's inability to end their public feud (the former childhood friends no longer even speak), and because Richie's recent weight loss had, according to a show source, ''made them nervous about how viewers would accept her.''
A network insider says that Fox has discussed offering Hilton her own TV deal separate from Richie. Richie couldn't be reached for comment. When reached for comment, Hilton told Us, ''I have so much going on, its hard to have time for anything else, but I'm really excited about moving on to my movie projects, my new album and all my various other business ventures.'' US WEEKLY