Nicole Richie takes her duties as a BFF very seriously.
Richie is receiving praise due to a resurfaced clip from her reality show ‘The Simple Life’ in which she defends her best friend, Paris Hilton.
In the clip, from a 2004 episode, the two women are doing yard work when a man refers to Richie and Hilton as “Dumb and Dumber”, to which Richie responds with a ruthless and epic retort. (There’s a TikTok clip below, and you can see longer versions of the scene on Youtube.)
“James, I have respect for myself, and she’s my best friend, so I have respect for her,” Richie begins. “And I’m being completely honest right now, that if you call me stupid or she’s stupid all over again – I don’t care how many steroids you take, how many egg yolks you drink, how many push-ups you do – I’m very serious, I’m going to kick your ass.
“You think I didn’t?” I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again,” Richie continues. “I really don’t care, so watch your fucking face.”
The clip, which received more than 1.7 million views, resonated with many TikTok users, many of whom expressed their admiration for Richie.
“Nicole Richie is a real one,” one user commented.
Other reviewers referenced past interviews with Hilton where she admitted that her reality TV series, which aired on Fox from 2003 to 2007, was not reality at all and that producers had asked Hilton and Richie to play characters.
Hilton said “Access Hollywood” in 2016, Richie was assigned to act as “the troublemaker”, while Hilton would portray a “stupid headhead”.
And while Richie’s licks don’t seem all that far removed from the type she was told to play, many TikTok users suspect she broke kayfabe to defend her friend.
“It’s just Nicole breaking her character,” one user commented. “The real Nicole came out fast.”
“She really broke the aerial persona they wanted her to be to threaten someone for her best friend,” another user wrote.
Whether or not Richie went off in favor of her best friend was genuine, with some TikTok users saying the scene had a huge effect on them when they were younger.
“Nicole Richie literally taught me that there is nothing wrong with responding to rude men,” wrote one TikToker. Another commenter said the show taught them “a lot of limitations and lessons”.
It also appears that Hilton herself was affected by TikTokers’ reactions to the resurfaced clip.
“Love it,” she wrote in the comments to the video.
(Fun fact: According to this recap from Entertainment Weekly, Richie and Hilton ended up going to a butcher shop and cooking up a special sausage for James — one filled with dog food — in retaliation.)
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