Spencer Pratt has compared the end of reality TV show The Hills to 9/11.
The 32-year-old became a household name thanks to his role on the MTV series, where he met his now wife Heidi. Since the programme was axed in 2010, the pair have tried to achieve the same level of fame, coming closest when they appeared on the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
In a new interview, Spencer has once again courted controversy by comparing the end of The Hills to the terrorist attacks in New York City on 11 September 2001.
"(The Hills getting cancelled) was our 9/11," Spencer told Broadly.
Spencer joined The Hills in 2007 and quickly made a name for himself as the villain of the show, as his relationship with Heidi caused a rift between her and best friend Lauren Conrad.
Instead of shying away from being the bad guy, Spencer realised he would get more coverage if he wholeheartedly embraced it, so he and Heidi began brainstorming plot ideas.
However, Lauren was less than impressed with Spencer intervening, Heidi recalled in the joint interview: "She was like, 'It's my show, my world!' She didn't like someone coming in and changing up the formula because it was her world and she wanted it to stay that way."
Despite her friendship with Lauren coming to a dramatic end, Heidi insists she still has a "soft part in her heart" for the reality star turned designer.
"I love the time that we had together," she added. "I really do appreciate everything that she did for me. I wish that it had turned out differently."
While Spencer and Heidi's relationship caused controversy right from the beginning, they are still very much in love. The couple added in the interview that they both appreciate each other more than ever.
"No one has ever made me feel so good," Spencer added. "I never even thought it was possible to feel this good."