Paris & Nicole's Simple Life Canned
10/13/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT
Though FOX had renewed the contracts of the feuding ex-friends for a fourth go-round, "We did not see a place for The Simple Life on our schedule this season," said a network statement, the Associated Press reports.
Not that the move necessarily spells the death of the show.
"We're disappointed that The Simple Life will not continue on FOX where it has performed so well," 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series, said in its own statement, adding that it still considers the show "a dynamic and valuable franchise, (and) we hope to be able to announce a new network partner in the coming days."
In April, PEOPLE reported that the rift between Hilton and Richie had escalated into an all-out war. "It's no big secret that Nicole and I are no longer friends," Hilton said in a statement. "Nicole knows what she did, and that's all I'm ever going to say about it."
A source close to the hotel heiress told PEOPLE that Richie was jealous of the media attention her blonder costar received and resented being left out of things such as Hilton's February hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. The source also said Richie tried to get even for that perceived slight by throwing a party to celebrate the SNL stint and then screening Paris's infamous 2003 sex video instead.
"Paris was very hurt," said the source. "She loves Nicole but believes she is owed an apology." Reps for Richie denied the screening incident.
Simultaneously, Richie's friends told PEOPLE that tensions arose because Nicole had grown out of her wild ways, quitting drinking and spending more time with her fiance, Adam Goldstein. "She just wants to be with Adam and get married," said one.
Last spring, Hilton had lobbied for Richie to be replaced by Rod Stewart's 26-year-old daughter, Kimberly, but FOX reportedly turned a cold shoulder to the suggestion.
Richie, the 24-year-old daughter of Lionel Richie, became engaged to Goldstein (known as DJ AM) in February. Hilton, 24, earlier this month called off her engagement to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis.