Remember When Paris Hilton Had A Best Friend Competition?

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Paris Hilton’s My New BFF. Photo credit: Vice Media

Paris Hilton’s reality show had the most memorable and hilarious ending format to eliminate contestants. She would tell contestants on the show, “Talk to you NEVER. TTYN”, before they went home.

Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, also known simply as My New BFF  was a competitive reality TV show in which Paris Hilton searched for her new BFF (best friend forever). Following the success of the original American version, its second season and two international spin-offs, in Dubai and the U.K. followed.

Paris’ iconic acronym TTYN. Gif Credit: Tumblr User ‘tellrc’

The first season premiered on MTV in the United States on September 30, 2008. Sixteen women and three men competed in challenges in an attempt to become Paris Hilton’s best friend. Yes, you read that correctly.

Watching the show in it’s sparkly, cheesy, pastel pink, scripted reality show madness it’s hard to tell if the contestants are in on the joke or if they really think they’ll become Paris Hilton’s new best friend.

While an interview with Paris Hilton after the show had aired showed her clubbing with the winner of My New BFF, whose to know it wasn’t a contractual agreement until the upcoming season.

Paris and her new BFF of the time denied a false friendship and that the show was a real contest to become genuine best friends. Having a contest to become a celebrities best friend reeks of desperation,right?

A good friendship is never based off of an unbalanced power dynamic which puts Paris at the top of the chain. Contestants often begged and cried for her attention.

It followed the similar reality program format of challenges, eliminations and rewards, not unlike America’s Next Top Model. The interesting twist to the follow-up seasons was Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF and Paris Hilton’s British BFF.

My New Dubai BFF had a racial melting pot of contestants but the British season seemed to feed off an American audiences fetishism of ‘quaint, polite British’ stereotypes. The producers of the show later admitted that the whole show was a satire of how ridiculous reality TV had became.

They sincerely thought everybody would understand the joke but it seemed like nobody, nor the contestants really did. There’s something spectacularly iconic about the first decade of the 00’s reality tv shows.

Tinkerbell knows a fake bitch when she sees one. Gif Credit: Giphy

If the point of Paris Hilton’s New BFF is really to mock the genre and nothing else than we can take it for this purpose and try our best not to cringe at the 2008 fashion disasters. Yikes !

Talk to you never. TTYN xxx

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