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Heidi Montag 'needed a break' from the spotlight, returns to reality TV

05/11/2011 by Olivia Allin

Heidi Montag formerly of "The Hills" admit on Monday's "Lopez Tonight" that she "needed a break" after living in the spotlight for so long.

"I needed a break after such a crazy six years of my life," she told host George Lopez, as reported by Us Weekly . "And [from] being in L.A. and Hollywood... I've been with my puppies and my husband. It's low-key."

Montag, 24, lives with her husband Spencer Pratt, who was often painted as the villain of "The Hills." Their relationship ups and downs as "Speidi" were played out on MTV and in tabloid magazines each week.

"It's hard," she told Lopez. "[But] it's fun. I would never discourage any one from following their dreams and their passion, and obtaining any kind of success is great."

Montag is returning to reality television with a new VH1 show, "Famous Food," which will see her and others try to open a restaurant.

The series also stars Ashley Dupre, the call girl at the center of the Elliot Spitzer sex scandal in 2008, former "Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Danielle Staub, Vincent Pastore from "The Sopranos" and DJ Paul and Juicy "J" from the rap group Three 6 Mafia.

The group will try to open and operate a Los Angeles restaurant. They will complete tasks such as "renovating the space, agreeing on a restaurant concept, creating marketing plans, crafting a menu, hiring the staff and eventually, ensuring a flawless grand-opening," a VH1 statement said.

After the eatery's launch, the "most valuable star" with be given a partnership stake in the restaurant. The show, composed of 10 1-hour episodes, will debut in the fall, VH1 said in a statement.

"We are all potential owners or whatever," Montag explained to Lopez. "And at the end, maybe one person might get chosen to be a partner in the restaurant, and then maybe no one will get chosen." Montag "not only has a passion for food, but also knows a thing or two about the restaurant business, especially after dealing with the unfortunate demise of her parent's restaurant," it added.

Celebrities who have opened or are affiliated with existing restaurants include Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro and Eva Longoria.

Montag is known for her role on the MTV reality show "The Hills," which also featured her husband Spencer Pratt, the series' villain. The show ended last year. The couple also starred on the reality series "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me out of Here!."

Montag made her big-screen acting debut in the movie "Just Go with It," which stars Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. She has received criticism for her multiple plastic surgeries.

In November 2010, Montag and Pratt renewed their wedding vows after almost divorcing. Also that month, Life & Style magazine reported that Pratt and Montag were bankrupt, adding that they owe about $2 million in taxes. The two have not commented publicly.

The couple also appeared on the reality show "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here!" but eventually quit the show after threatening to leave several times. In one episode, Pratt was baptized by fellow contestant Stephen Baldwin.

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