Whitney Port, Lauren Conrad, Audrina Patridge

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The much-talked-about Hills spinoff featuring Whitney Port has been officially picked up by MTV, sources confirm to E! News exclusively.

"They will start shooting immediately," says a show source, who confirms the pickup just happened within the last two weeks—though the network has yet to respond to a call for comment.

The series, set to begin airing in early 2009, will feature Port's life in New York City, where she is now working for Diane von Furstenberg. (You know, that nice lady from the American Express commercials.)

Looking back, we realize Whitney's role on The Hills could be called superfluous...

While we loved the strange faces she would often rely on in favor of words and the general disinterest in her voice when she was forced to ask Lauren questions about text messages from Heidi, we’re a bit skeptical as to how that will work as an actual show. But it’s not like that will stop us from watching!

We only hope this isn't some sort of sign that MTV is also going to force a Speidi spinoff on us. That we will not stand for.

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