Lauren Conrad’s final appearance will be in the upcoming season five (which debuts March 30 on MTV), and she is not expected back on the series after that.

“It is bittersweet,” Gateley says. “But I understand why [Lauren Conrad] is ready to say goodbye. I will be forever grateful for all that she shared with us in her life, and am incredibly proud of the television we made together.”

“She filmed Wednesday at Comme Ça with [Brody Jenner] in the afternoon,” says a Hills insider, “then with Brody at Beso. It filmed out of order so it wasn’t like a goodbye scene. But then the entire restaurant stood up and gave her a round of applause and she got tears and [executive producer] Adam DeVillo gave her flowers.”

Another insider says there were “definitely tears. All around the room. I don’t think anyone expected it to be so emotional, but five years is a long time.”

The source says Lauren Conrad was set to shoot a scene at Joan’s on Third restaurant in W Hollywood yesterday; however, the shoot was rained out.lauren-conrad-10

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