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Why Lauren Conrad's Husband William Tell Won't Watch "The Hills"

Let's just say he's glad they met when they did.

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Lauren Conrad and William Tell
Photography by: Jerod Harris

Throughout the early 2000s, millions watched in awe as Lauren Conrad navigated friendships, love, and fake internships in MTV's Laguna Beach spinoff show, The Hills. But, it turns out, the reality star-turned-fashion designer's now-husband wasn't one of them.


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In last night's 10th anniversary special, The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now, we learned a few new facts about Conrad and the making of the reality show. The special included never-before seen footage of her past, but we also got a glimpse of Conrad's present: a business meeting at Kohl's, a photo shoot with Paper Crown, and a look at her marriage to former Something Corporate vocalist and guitarist and current lawyer William Tell, who—surprisingly—has never even watched a full episode of The Hills.


"We were at a hotel once and he was flipping channels and he was like, 'Oh, it's you!'" Conrad said. "Of all scenes for him to pick, it was like, us in a club, and I flip around, and I'm like, 'I'm at the Roosevelt pool every Saturday!' William was like, 'Nope!' and changed the channel. 'I don't want to know that you!'"


With a life as publicly documented as LC's, we can imagine it would be pretty awkward to relive some scenes with your spouse—particularly the ones involving past relationships. But, it seems that Tell needn't be too jealous—at least when it comes to Conrad's old beau, Brody Jenner.


The son of Linda Thompson and Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Caitlyn Jenner starred in all six seasons of The Hills, even after Conrad left the show, and many of the storylines centered on his romantic relationships with both Conrad and her successor, Kristin Cavallari. Jenner has said before that the former was forced for the camera, and during the special, Conrad herself confirmed it.


"I definitely had a crush on Brody. But the funny thing was we had zero chemistry. He was my friend, I enjoyed spending time with him, but it just felt forced." A previously unreleased scene even showed Conrad and Jenner attempting to film a kissing scene, with LC saying, "Can we please be done?! This is the most awkward thing ever!"


Tell got a taste of that same awkwardness during his on-camera appearances for the anniversary show, which he says he "hated." Former talent producer Sophia Rossi said Tell never would have lasted on the show, and Tell agreed. "Our timing was good," he said.


That's not to say Tell is new to the limelight: "He also has experience in the entertainment industry, so he understands a lot of things that people don't always get," Conrad once told Marie Claire of her husband, whom she met on a blind date set up by mutual friends on Valentine's Day, 2012. "It's the first time I'm with someone and I'm not explaining things." No cameras, no scripted monologue. If that isn't true love, we don't know what is.


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