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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET

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  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Private Practice' star Taye Diggs says MTV's 'The Hills' is ruining the lives of its stars

    “Private Practice” star Taye Diggs says “The Hills” is ruining Heidi Montag’s life.

    “Someone so young like that, she wouldn’t be in that position with her plastic surgery if she weren’t thrust into the spotlight so quickly,” Diggs told Fox411. “The show is a ridiculous hybrid of reality and scripted and it’s ruining people’s lives. I don’t even know why people watch.”

    Diggs, husband of former “Wicked” star Idina Menzel, said the pressures of fame are “no joke” and can lead stars who aren’t prepared for it down a dangerous path.

    “When you reach that level of stardom that some of these kids get on reality TV, it’s nothing to play with. You have all this energy coming toward you in one gigantic swoop and you don’t know how to deal with it. That’s why so many get addicted to unhealthy behaviors.”

    Diggs, who says he is a fan of talent-based reality shows like “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” said it’s time to raise the standards of the quality of television we watch.

    “I used to be of the school of thought that said, ‘just give the people what they want,’” he told 411. “But oftentimes we take what’s given to us, whether it’s good or bad. But if we put out more quality, I think people will respond. There are a lot of great pilots coming out this season and I think it’s a good thing.”

    But it’s not just quality television Diggs is concerned about. The actor is in New York promoting his latest project with Alpo that seeks to help dogs get back to doing what they do best – being dogs!

    To celebrate the release of Alpo’s “Real Dogs Eat Meat,” Diggs read segments from the “paw-thors” about dogs’ favored pastimes such as rolling in mud, burying bones and drooling over dinner.

    “It’s silly the things people do to their dogs these days,” he said. “Owners are going overboard with designer cases, fancy jackets, bedazzled collars and even sneakers for their dogs and it takes attention away from the animal. They just want to be played with, fed well and to be loved.”

    “It’s not to judge pet owners who do these kinds of things, but it just goes against what is healthy,” he added. “I’ve seen actresses take dogs on chaotic red carpets. The poor pets are shaking because they shouldn’t be there. It would be great if the owners asked themselves why they are really treating their dogs that way.”

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