After gaining popularity, the show returned for a second season.It concluded its third season in November 2006; the main cast from seasons 1 and 2 have since graduated, and season 3 began with a new cast of primarily high school juniors.In 2004, they starred in Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, an MTV reality television series which documented their lives during high school.During its production, she was often referred to by the initialism "L.In 2009, Thomas Rogers from Salon described her as "one of the dullest major characters in reality television history", but opined that her normalcy compared to her co-stars on The Hills made her "vaguely likable".An editor from People stated that Conrad "became a full-blown TV phenom" during its third season, which notably introduced the conflict with Montag and Pratt, in addition to controversy regarding scripting allegations.As the series progressed, a widely publicized feud developed between Conrad, Montag and Montag's boyfriend Spencer Pratt.
Conrad herself commented that The Hills was intended to be an "aspirational" program despite being "laced with scandal and catfights", stating that the storyline differed from the "shock value" emphasized in recent programming.In May 2009, Conrad left The Hills after five seasons, and was replaced by former Laguna Beach cast member Kristin Cavallari.She filmed an alternate ending for the series finale in July 2010, which was broadcast in August 2013. Candy book trilogy in 2010 and the spin-off The Fame Game series in 2012.‘I don’t really talk to Lauren at all anymore, the last time we talked was probably six months ago or something,’ he told Us Weekly. He added: ‘A lot of us are actually talking more now than we did in the past, more the Laguna Beach cast.‘She’s a sweet girl, and we are just totally different personalities and she is super, super sweet. A lot of people are local still, so, it’s been interesting to watch it kind of transform into what it has.’‘I’m just trying to express what my life is today compared to what it was,’ he explained. ‘If anything, I’m grateful because it ignited the addiction faster, and I’m not 40 years old with a family suffering through it.Conrad is revealed to be sitting on his couch, and comforts him that "it's hard to say goodbye" to a "friend of [his]", before the camera focuses on a smiling Conrad.