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Jenner competes for TV gold

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By Alicia Rancilio Associated Press

Life is a television show for Brody Jenner.

At 21, he sold a reality show to FOX. Now, at 25, he’s a regular on “The Hills” and friends with its star, Lauren Conrad, while cameras follow his father, Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner, on “Keeping up With the Kardashians.”

Brody Jenner currently stars in his own MTV show “Bromance,” where a group of guys compete to be his new BFF.

Jenner recently talked about his TV life. He says he may be best known as a guy who gets filmed hanging out, but he stresses that it takes work to make that happen – and he has fun doing it.

Question: Are you really going to hang out with the winner of “Bromance”?

Answer: “Absolutely. It actually sucks because I can’t hang out with him right now while the show is airing because then people will know who I picked.”

Q.: You’re obviously a good-looking guy. Some guys say that if they were as good looking as you, they wouldn’t ever want to settle down. What do you say about that?

A.: “Finding a relationship is a lot harder than in the past. People thinking they really know you is hard. They don’t know me. They see me on television, but do they really know me? No. Going and hooking up with girls and doing that whole thing is fine for a little while, but I love something more genuine.”

Q.: Have you ever been rejected by a girl?

A.: “Yeah! My girlfriend now totally rejected me, but it was great. I love that.”

Q.: What do you say to those fans who are obsessed with the idea of you and Lauren Conrad getting together?

A.: “People need to get over that. Lauren and I are just friends, and I think it’s good we’re friends. I love her to death … but we’re just friends and that’s how we’ll keep it.”

Q.: And what’s up with Spencer Pratt? (Jenner and Pratt had a falling out on “The Hills” over Conrad. Jenner and Conrad are friends; Pratt and Conrad dislike each other.)

A.: “Me and Spencer are cool. We’ll never be the kind of friends that we were, but we are still friends. I still consider him a close friend. I’m not the kind of person that holds grudges, so I’ll always keep a place in my heart for Spencer.”

Q.: What’s the biggest misconception about you?

A.: “That I don’t work. People say, ‘Oh, Brody is this guy who spends his parents’ money, and he dates these famous girls.’ I’ve worked my butt off to get where I’m sitting.”

Q.: Do you read the blogs and the gossip magazines?

A.: “Yeah. I go on it, I read it, I laugh.”

Q.: Does it get hard – you can’t go to lunch without being photographed?

A.: “Yes, there are times where it’s uncomfortable. You don’t feel like having it around, but these people are just trying to make their money, too. I can’t sit here and say that’s wrong. Actors, actresses, reality stars, they signed up for it.

The birthday bunch

Actress Anne Jeffreys is 86. Sports announcer-actor Bob Uecker is 74. Actor Scott Glenn is 70. Actor David Strathairn is 60. Singer Lucinda Williams is 56. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen is 54. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is 51. Guitarist Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) is 46. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 39.

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