Susan Powter has resurfaced in the company of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on the new, fifth edition of The Simple Life

By Adam Buckman

WHATEVER happened to Susan Powter?

Boy, if I only had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked that question!

Happily, I now have the answer. Powter – the TV fitness personality who was once best known for screaming “Stop the insanity!” at everybody she met – has resurfaced in the company of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on the new, fifth edition of The Simple Life starting Monday night at 10 on E!.

This one is called “The Simple Life Goes to Camp” and it has Paris and Nicole working as counselors at various camps, beginning – in the premiere episode provided for preview – with a camp for obese adults.

This is where they encounter Susan Powter, who is on hand to supervise the camp’s diet-and-exercise regimens.

And, of course, Paris and Nicole are on hand to lend assistance, which they do in the episode’s squishiest sequence – a scene that is one of the most mind-boggling segments ever included in a reality show or any show.

The scene involves the administering of high colonics to these very fat male and female campers – a procedure that takes place outdoors on a picnic table.

Without going into the gory details, Nicole’s role involves the application of Vaseline. Then, it becomes Paris’ job to keep each patient company as they take a seat in the camp’s open-roofed outhouse to “complete” the colonic process.

The thing that’s so mind-boggling about this sequence is the decision to include it in the first place.

I might not make my living producing TV shows, but I’m fairly certain that this episode of “The Simple Life Goes to Camp” would have been greatly improved by a decision to omit this scene, rather than include it.

Much better was a scene in which Paris and Nicole try to bust open a locked refrigerator containing junk food craved by the camp’s inmates by binding it with a chain to the camp director’s SUV and then driving the vehicle in circles.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but when it comes to comedy, crazy driving has always struck me as funnier than a colon cleansing.

As for Paris and Nicole, they seem to have buried the hatchet, at least for the sake of this show, which has sometimes been described as “Jackass for girls.”

That sounds about right.

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Susan Powter

Susan Powter

Susan Powter (born 22 December 1957) is an Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!", the centerpiece of her weight-loss infomercial. She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.

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