laurenconrad_leavingthehills.jpgNOOOOOOO! I don't think I can cope with this news. But alas, it is true. It has been confirmed that Lauren Conrad (L.C.) will leave The Hills. Liz Gately, a producer for the MTV reality show, announced her departure will take place in the fifth season, set to premiere 30th March in America.

She said L.C. wanted to move forward and lead a more private life. Gately is currently evaluating how best to proceed with the show following her exit. Meanwhile, she intends to give the 23-year-old a big swanky leaving 'do.

"My biggest thing with the show was that I wanted to walk away from it while it's still a great thing," Conrad tells the upcoming April issue of Seventeen. "I always want to remember it that way. I gave MTV a deadline and said, 'This is as long as I can do it and stay sane.' "

Please don't tell me Speidi are set to take over the reins. Eugh!