Our favorite blue-haired goddess speaks to The Hollywood Reporter about her new show and what she thinks the public’s perception of her is. “I’m obviously a genius,” she quips. Read the interview after the jump.
Nicole Richie, who returns to TV with Candidly Nicole (premiering July 17), says she sees the series as “a tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek type of show.” How tongue-in-cheek will it be? In a preview clip shown to reporters, Richie was seen joking about her past DUI arrests. “That’s just me speaking from the heart,” Richie claimed when a reporter inquired whether it was a scripted moment.
“I’m obviously a genius,” Richie deadpanned when asked about public perception. “It really doesn’t matter what the public’s perception is of me. I think some people think I’m funny and some people don’t. You can’t really please everybody. This show is going to be a destination for people who want to smile and who want to be uplifted and have fun.”
The former The Simple Life star says Candidly Nicole, which follows Richie as she goes about daily adventures and offers insights into fashion, relationships, work and navigating adulthood, is completely unrehearsed, though they present an outline of talking points for each episode. And while Richie was often the butt of the joke on the Fox reality series that she co-starred in with Paris Hilton, she maintains that it’s a space she’s comfortable in. “I’m still the butt of every joke,” Richie said of her new show.