Jessica Simpson Promotes ‘A Public Affair’ On ‘The Tonight Show’

Jessica Simpson 'A Public Affair' album cover

dropped by ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ to promote her new album ‘A Public Affair’. Simpson also discussed her hoarse voice, the concoction she’s been drinking to relieve it, rumors she was dating John Mayer or Dane Cook, the Restylane injections she got in her lips following her divorce from Nick Lachey, and the Chinese guys who lip-synch to her single ‘A Public Affair’ on YouTube. Read on for a rough transcript.

Jay: My first guest, one of the most popular young performers around. Got her new CD out right here, called “A Public Affair.” Please welcome the lovely Jessica Simpson.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: You look beautiful.

[ Cheers ] How are you feeling? All right?

Jessica: I did it up for you tonight, jay. I tried to pull a Marilyn Monroe.

Jay: I like the husky voice. Very sexy.

Jessica: Thank you. Yes. This is my porn star voice.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: You know, I’m in awe —

Jessica: I’m kidding.

Jay: I look at the cross, but I’m thinking impure thoughts. So, it’s a little — yeah, it’s a little confusing. []

Jessica: Yeah, I’m sorry. Oxymoron.

Jay: No, but it’s lovely. How are you? Thanks for being a trooper. I know you’ve been sick all week.

Jessica: I have. And I’ve tried so hard. And it’s so difficult for me because I’ve worked so hard on this album, like a year and a a half. And it’s the week to promote it, to go on all the shows and sing it, and I sound like crap.

Jay: Now, what happened?

Jessica: I don’t know. I busted a blood vessel in my vocal chord. So, it’s not contagious. So, if you want a kiss, we can kiss. You can’t catch it or anything like that.

Jay: Okay, that’s good to know. Thank you.

Jessica: No, I busted a blood vessel and so it’s bruised. So, it kind of gives me that husky —

[ Jessica growls ]

Jay: You know, I actually like this, actually. It works for me. Now, I saw you drinking some disgusting looking thing on the “today” show.

Jessica: Yeah, I —

Jay: Is that what this is? What is this?

Jessica: I was going to ask you if you would try that maybe.

Jay: Ew, look at it.

Jessica: See, every —

[ Jessica coughs ] Excuse me. That’s really sexy, I know. No, every time I sing, it’s this potion and I have no clue what it is. []

Jay: Okay, it’s an actual potion. Now, I don’t know any doctors that recommend potions, so where does one get — where do you get a potion?

Jessica: Well, this is from a vocal coach.

Jay: Oh, okay.

Jessica: Yeah. Who knows what’s in it. Would you like to try it?

Jay: I’ll try it.

[ Drum roll ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jessica: It’s not that bad.

Jay: Thanks for opening that for me. I appreciate it.

Jessica: It’s a little — you know, it tastes a little bit like molasses and licorice.

[ Laughter ] Ooh. Ooh! It gives you color on your lips.

[ In deep voice ]

Jay: You know, it’s really not that bad.

[ Laughter and applause ]

Jessica: Not so bad, right?

[ In deep voice ]

Jay: Doesn’t taste bad at all, kev. You know, I think this is what’s causing your problem.

[ Laughter ]

[ In regular voice ] Well, you know, it’s not really that bad.

Jessica: It’s not really that bad. It coats your throat so you don’t have, like, the raspiness. Obviously, I didn’t drink it before I came out.

Jay: ‘Cause, you know, I said to some people — I’m not real good at these things. These are actual — these are — horehound herbs. Have you ever heard of these? Horehound — I think charlie sheen makes these.

Jessica: Really?

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Have you ever heard of those?

Jessica: I have — no. What do we do with this? Should we do this?

Jay: Well, it’s an herb. I think you just — yeah, I think you would suck on it, as you would —

Jessica: You suck on this?

Jay: Yeah, right, exactly.

Jessica: Okay. I never heard of this, but somebody recommended it. Catnip tea.

Jessica: Catnip tea.

Jay: It’s catnip. You boil it and drink it like a tea.

Jessica: But what does a cat have anything to do with it?

Jessica: It takes away your sore you get hair balls, but it takes away — [Laughter]

Jessica: Wow, catnip tea.

Jay: Yeah, that’s what they say.

Jessica: All right. Well, I don’t know if I’ll be trying a catnip tea.

Jay: I’ll put this on later, but this —

Jessica: Vicks Vapor Rub.

Jay: Yeah, I’ll put this on your chest later.

[ Laughter ] This will work terrific.

Jessica: On my cross.

Jay: Right, exactly. We’ move that off to the side.

Jessica: It’ll burn through me. I love it. That’s great. I do like Vicks, actually.

Jay: See, all those things work.

Jessica: Yeah, it’s fun. You stick it up your nose and everything smells real fresh.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Now, I’ve got to ask you something. You’ve been linked to so many guys.

Jessica: Why is that, jay?

Jay: I don’t know. I don’t know, but these are all — I want you to comment. Now, this gentleman here.

Jessica: Oh, that’s John Mayer. What a good guy.

Jay: He looks like he wants to believe the rumors. What do you think?

Jessica: Stop it. John is — he’s a legend. He’s 28 years old and he’s a legend.

Jay: He’s great. He’s been on the show many times. Very nice young man.

Jessica: Very great guy.

Jay: And you’re just

Jessica: Just friends. He’s a great guy. I’ve not — trust me, if I were to have gone on a date, you would have known. The whole entire world would have known if I were to have I can’t go anywhere.

Jay: Now, here’s a buddy of mine.

Jessica: Dane!

Jay: Dane cook.


Jay: Fellow Bostonian, comic.

Jessica: Dane’s great. Dane is so great.

Jay: Now, look on your face. You’re looking like, “why is this guy hugging me?” []

Jessica: He looks like he’s squeezing me a little tight, right? No, I’m kidding. No, this was the end of the show and we literally — we never read through the entire script of the teen choice awards. And after it was over, it was just like a relief. And so, we hugged each other and we were like, “oh, we did it.”

Jay: You’re not dating this guy either?

Jessica: No, but he’s the co-star in my movie, “employee of the month.”

Jay: Now, you’ve been link to this man here. This was taken —

Jessica: Oh, I love that guy.

[ Laughter ]

[ Ches and applause ] I mean, that is — look at that robe. How can you resist that? That’s like Eddie Murphy meets Hugh Hefner.

Jay: Wow, Eddie Murphy meets Hugh Hefner! That’s very good. Wow!

Jessica: Kevin: I’ll take that. That’s good.

Jessica: You know I love you.

Jay: All right, look, we’ll take a little break. More with Jessica right after this.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Welcome back. We’re talking with Jessica Simpson. You know, I read something about you and plastic surgery. I admire you. You were very honest about it. You had tried — what was it?

Jessica: That Restylane stuff.

Jay: Botox?

Jessica: No, not Botox. I’m too young for that. I’m only 26. Who needs Botox at 26?

Jay: I don’t know.

Jessica: Gosh, that’s hard partying right there.

Jay: Yeah, that is hard partying.

[ Laughter ]

Jessica: No, I was going through an emotional time in my life, and I thought, “maybe if my lips were bigger that people would think they were sexy.” So, I put this Restylane stuff on my lips.

Jay: And what was —

Jessica: It goes away in, like — in, like, four months or something. But I looked like a blow fish, I was like this. I looked so goofy. I was praying every night, god, please let them go down. []

[ Laughter ] Please.

Jay: But I like that you say it only stays on for four months. That sounds like a long time.

Jessica: I know, but where does it go? Right? Like, where does it go? Like sometimes I think — well, I know I have that butt chin, you know that butt chin. The thing in the chin.

[ Light laughter ] And I’m like, “I wonder if it made my butt chin big — did it fall down?” Where did it go? Where did all of that stuff go? I don’t know where it went. Does it dissolve in your body? I have no clue.

Jay: Did it hurt or anything?

Jessica: It stings a little bit, but it’s gone. It’s gone. These are my — my lips.

[ Cheers ] I have good lips. I don’t know why I did it.

Jay: You have very niece lips.

Jessica: I was just going through a a hard time. Come on, jay, I was going through a divorce.

Jay: No, no, I understand that.

Jessica: All right.

Jay: That’s the difference between men and women. Never heard a guy come in, you know something, if my lips were just a little more —

[ Laughter ] Did you try anything else?

Jessica: No. No. The only thing I would ever do is, after I had kids, ’cause I have boobs, you know.

Jay: Really?

[ Laughter ] You know something, now that you mention it.

Jessica: The only thing I would do is, after I had kid, if my boobs were down to my belly button I might have to put them back up. You know?

Jay: You could just stand on your head.

Jessica: Or that. But no, really. That’s — I love, like everything — I don’t know. I like the way I look.

Jay: You look wonderful. That’s just what I mean.

Jessica: Thank you.

Jay: But I mean — ’cause a a lot of young girls look to you, you know

[ Applause ]

Jessica: Thank you.

Jay: They look up to you and if you do something, they think, “Oh, I should do that kind of thing, too.”

Jessica: It’s not that I’m against — I’m not against plastic surgery. I’m not against — I do believe that it becomes an addiction for people.

Jay: Oh, yeah, yeah.

Jessica: But if you’re doing it for yourself, then you’re doing it for yourself. If you’re doing to make heads turn when you walk down the street and get noticed, I think that’s a bunch of BS.

Jay: Do you meet a lot of young girls obsessed? I read a thing yesterday that said 5-year-old girls are worried about their weight, and I go —

Jessica: Of course they are, look at the world we live in.

Jay: I mean — it’s crazy.

Jessica: Sad.

Jay: I mean, do you hear from young girls? Do they ask you —

Jessica: Of course.

Jay: Do you give advice?

Jessica: I have so many fans — I read so many fan letters, it’s so
— it’s amazing how young the kids are. A lot of it is put, the pressure is by the magazines, of course, the tabloids, but also about, I think, parents. Parents put that pressure on their children. You know? So, I don’t really have an answer for that. One day when I’m a parent, I think I’ll reassess the entire situation completely different. But I don’t know, I think it’s sad that people actually have to deal with that. Like eat a Snackwells cookie — it tastes just as good. Right?

Jay: There you go right there.

Jessica: I’m random. I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m talking about.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: I’m glad you said it and not me, but you know —

[ Laughter ]

[ Rim shot ]

Jay: I’m not quite sure what’s with the Snackwells cookie, I would just let it go.

Jessica: If you want a cookie, eat a a Snackwells cookie.

Jay: ‘Cause it’s less —

Jessica: Yeah, I’m just being silly.

Jay: I would then eat two cookies, do you ever do that I’ll have a Big Mac and a diet soda, then I can have two Big Macs.

Jessica: I don’t know about the diet sodas, you know? I think they’ll give you cellulite.

Jay: They do, they give you cellulite.

Jessica: I believe that.

Jay: What, if you pour it on? Or you drink it?

[ Laughter ]

Jessica: No, no, I believe that if you drink a diet soda, it clogs those pours.

Jay: Really?

Jessica: Yeah, I think it makes those holes we all hate.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Holes we all hate — you know, I think this thing in your throat may have affected other areas.

[ Laughter ] I’ll tell you what. Let’s go to the cd. Tell me about that. Tell us about the cd.

Jessica: “A public affair,” that’s why I’m here. This is seriously, a dream come true for me because I executive produced this and I wrote probably about 10 of the songs out of the 13.

Jay: Oh, okay. Sure, sure.

Jessica: And it’s just my heart. It’s fun. The place that I’m in in my life right now, I’m just a girl trying to be a woman, trying to be fun, trying to have a good time.

Jay: Well, your doing a good job.

Jessica: Trying to figure out life. Trying to be in love. All of it. Being broken-hearted, it’s all in one disk, so — I don’t know how to describe it other than I think you can cruise around the streets and listen to it all the way through and not want to skip it.

Jay: Well, let me ask you something. Have you seen those two — I think they are Chinese guys? On the internet?

Jessica: Oh, my gosh, YouTube.

Jay: Have you seen those guys on YouTube?

Jessica: I love it.

Jay: They lip sync? []

Jessica: They do it better than me.

Jay: Well, I don’t know about that — well, here, let’s take a look.

Jessica: I barely know my lyrics.

Jay: Yeah, take a look.

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jessica: That is just so funny. No, I love that. You know, YouTube is a good thing. So is MySpace.

Jay: Well, it’s called “a public affair,” right there. Thanks for coming on. And take care of your throat.

[ Cheers and applause ] Jessica, thank you sweetheart.

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