PopEater’s Rob Shuter reports that when Elton John and Barry Manilow turned down a chance to replace Simon Cowell on ‘American Idol’, show bosses eyed artists who were on the downswing in their careers, turning to Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez. While ‘Idol’ apparently preferred Jessica, it was her meddling dad Joe who got in the way, clearing the way for J.Lo to swoop in to get the job on the hit FOX show. “This was definitely Jessica’s to lose and that’s exactly what her dad-manager did,” an insider revealed. “Once it became clear it was going to be impossible to negotiate a deal with papa Joe, J.Lo was snapped up. Convinced being on the show would relaunch her performing career, she accepted the new job right away.” Read more.
Jessica Simpson “So Proud” Of Travis Garland
Jessica Simpson checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@jessicasimpson) on Thursday (May 20), giving former NLT singer Travis Garland high marks for his ‘American Idol’ performance the previous night, and also pitched his single (could be because her dad Joe Simpson is his manager). Jess writes:
Hey everyone. I wanted to tell you to check out my friend Travis Garland at myspace.com/travisgarlandmusic. If you aren’t his friend yet, you should be. He was on American Idol last night and I am so proud of him. I think he is going to be a big star! You can buy his single on iTunes here http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/believe-single/id371747205.
Thanks everyone. Just catching up on reading all my messages.
Jessica Simpson Talks With David Letterman About Ex-Boyfriends
March 12, 2010 – Jessica Simpson spilled the beans about her relationships with Tony Romo and John Mayer during an appearance on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Wednesday night. When Dave asked about Mayer’s headlining making interview with Playboy magazine, where he compared the singer to “sexual napalm”, Jess said, “Normally you’d think someone you care about would keep those details to himself. It was definitely a compliment, in a way. I don’t really want people to know that about me. I’m like the good girl, then that happened.”
The interview video on the CBS show’s YouTube channel has since been removed.
Jessica Simpson Reacts To John Mayer’s Sexual Napalm TMI Remark
March 4, 2010 – Jessica Simpson says John Mayer apologized for describing her as “sexual napalm” in Playboy, but she isn’t accepting it. TMZ had highlights of Simpson’s appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show the other day, where she said that comments made by her singer songwriter ex aren’t “the John I knew.” The video report from TMZ at MySpace has since been removed.
‘Showbiz Tonight’ Discusses Jessica Simpson’s Sexy Allure Photo Spread
Jessica Simpson has a new counterattack over all the grief that she got for gaining weight after doing a sexy photoshoot for Allure magazine. ‘Showbiz Tonight’ host AJ Hammer profiled the magazine cover story, with commentary from E! correspondent Mark Malkin. As for John Mayer’s recent comments in Playboy magazine about sex with Jessica being like crack cocaine, Malkin said the singer songwriter should be worried about Jessica turning the tables on the kiss and tell behavior. Watch it via CNN.com below the cut. (more…)
Nick Lachey Discusses Jessica Simpson Weight Controversy, ‘Idol’ Duet
Nick Lachey visited ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush’s radio show, talking about the controversy surrouding his ex-wife Jessica Simpson’s weight gain, the story behind their breakup, that story about Jessica’s dad shafting him out of $500,000 on a workout video, wanting to be known for his music rather than a reality show, and teaming up with ‘American Idol’ judge Kara DioGuardi for a duet on the former 98 Degrees singer’s upcoming album, ‘Coming Up For Air’. “She and I wrote it together,” Lachey said. “Initially, just in the studio, we thought, ‘All right, let’s sing it together and then we’ll maybe find someone else to be on it,’ but she did such a great job on it.” Watch highlights of the interview below the cut. (more…)
Football Night Is Date Night For Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo
People caught up with Nick Lachey in Tampa Bay Friday night, where the former 98 Degrees singer was hosting a kickoff party for his Super Skins Celebrity Golf Tournament. The 35-year-old talked about how great it is his girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo is as much of a sports fan as he is. “In fact, football night often becomes date night, which is a nice combo for me,” the Cincinnati native said. “She’s down to hang out and go to the game. So it’s definitely something we agree on.”
Nick Amazed By Media Buzz About Jessica’s Weight
January 30, 2009 – Nick Lachey tells ‘Extra’ that the media uproar over his ex-wife Jessica Simpson’s weight gain has him shocked. “I wish her nothing but the best, and I hope she’s happy – whatever size that comes in,” the former 98 Degrees star said. “I can’t believe it’s this big of a story and people are making such a huge deal about it. I’m never ceased to be amazed by people’s reactions to things.”
Nick Lachey: I Can’t Be A Serial Dater Like George Clooney
December 17, 2008 – Nick Lachey stopped by the Q92 studios to hang out with Nikolina and some of the Canton, Ohio station’s lucky listeners.
Asked about why he got in a serious relationship with Vanessa Minnillo so soon after his divorce from Jessica Simpson, the former 98 Degrees singer responded, “I can’t be like the Playboy guy. I mean I love George Clooney, I couldn’t be George Clooney. You know, just be like a serial dater. For me, I enjoy – even though my marriage didn’t work out – I enjoy the idea of being married. For me that’s the ultimate goal, to have a family and all.”
Nick also talked about his new album ‘Coming Up For Air’, and his new single off the album ‘Patience’, a cover of the Take That hit. Watch a portion of the interview below.
Esthero: Jessica Simpson Is NOT FAT!
Add Canadian singer songwriter Esthero to those upset with reporting on Jessica Simpson’s recent weight gain. She wrote on her blog at MySpace earlier today:
Jessica Simpson is NOT FAT!
She looks healthy and juicy to me.
They way the media is behaving is disgusting.
10 lbs ago she was “waaay too skinny”, now she’s fat?
The fact that this is ‘news’ also disgusts me.
Anyone reporting this other than gossip sites (from which we should expect some ridiculousness) should be ashamed of themselves.
Ashlee And Jessica Simpson’s Waco Christmas Plans
E! Online reports Jessica Simpson and Dallas Cowboys QB boyfriend Tony Romo and Ashlee Simpson and husband Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy plan to celebrate Christmas at the Waco, Texas, home of their maternal grandmother. A family friend said, “This Christmas is a big deal and the whole family wants to be together for baby Bronx’s first Christmas.”
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz Get Help From ‘Dog Whisperer’
While expecting their first child, Ashlee Simpson and husband Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy were concerned how their aggressive, but beloved, English bulldog Hemingway would react when the baby arrived. The couple hoped a canine companion might help, but when 5-month-old English bulldog Rigby joined the budding family, Hemingway’s dog aggression escalated. As Ashlee’s due date rapidly approached, Cesar Millan of National Geographic’s ‘Dog Whisperer’ was called in to help the create a balanced environment that will be safe for their newborn.
A preview of the episode, airing Sunday, December 28th at 8pm ET/PT, at nationalgeographic.com has since been removed.
Jessica Simpson Over The Moon Over Newborn Nephew
Jessica Simpson spoke with People magazine about her sister Ashlee Simpson giving birth to Bronx Mowgli Wentz on Thursday night. “Bronx is beyond precious. I’m over the moon with joy,” aunt Jessica said Friday. “Life is a beautiful miracle. Ashlee and Pete are healthy, happy, and enjoying every moment.”
The singing sisters’ parents Joe and Tina Simpson also issued a statement on the baby news Friday. “We can’t wait to spend Bronx’s first holidays together with the whole family,” they said. “We are truly blessed.”
Jessica Simpson: Nick Lachey Wasn’t The Right One
Jessica Simpson tells Cosmopolitan magazine in a December cover story that her Dallas Cowboys boyfriend Tony Romo is different from the men of her past, including ex-husband Nick Lachey. “Nick will always be a part of my life,” Simpson said of her ex-hubby. “But next time, I’m marrying the right one.”
Simpson also said the idea that she and Romo would marry is definitely a possibility. “I think any person who I’m gonna date for longer than six months, I definitely am investing in something long-term,” she explained. “If I get married again, then it will be the last time.”
Jessica And Ashlee Simpson At Beso
September 4, 2008 – Ashlee Simpson and Jessica Simpson were spotted leaving Beso in Hollywood the other night. Ashlee emerged from the celeb hotspot first, joined by a couple female friends.
After getting to her SUV, the pesky paps hosed her as a restaurant employee pleaded, “C’mon guys, let her drive.” Then Jessica emerged with her hairstylist Ken Paves. They peppered her with questions about Carrie Underwood in an attempt to get a rise out of the newly country singer. Acting a bit like Paris Hilton, Ken put on her new album ‘Do You Know’ as Jessica sang along to it.
Watch the footage via YouTube below.
Jessica Simpson Comments On John Mayer & Tony Romo
July 31, 2008 – Jessica Simpson dresses up in country attire on the September issue of Elle magazine, where the singer discusses her previous relationship with John Mayer, and current one with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
“John believed in the Jessica Simpson that’s within,” Simpson said of Mayer. “He cherished our love. He helped make me the woman I am today. John is going to be an amazing man for someone, but I know that I was supposed to be with someone else.”
As for Romo, Simpson remarked, “Most of the guys I dated were captivated by my heart but they had different ways of trying to get to me. Tony understands me. He appreciates my talent. He’s the first person I’ve spiritually connected with. I’m a girl that loves to be in love. I love love!”
Natasha Bedingfield Blown Away By Jessica Simpson’s Country Album
Natasha Bedingfield checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@natashabedingfield) on Monday (August 25) while enjoying a week off in Santa Monica. “I am getting the writing bug again,” Natasha writes. “When I get off tour I always feel like I wake up from some sort world I’ve been dreaming. Touring, fun as it is, takes up a lot of energy. Because of the amount of work it takes to adjust to the different places you find your self in from day today.. it’s harder to stay in touch with what’s happening everywhere else in the world.”
The British pop singer also hyped some other artists, including Terra Naomi, who she saw perform at Hotel Cafe while in the area, and even Jessica Simpson. “I’m not joking, look out for this one,” Bedingfield said of her first country album ‘Do You Know’ (both artists are with Sony BMG). “I heard some of her new album and I was blown away. Country music is what Jess should have been doing all along. When she sings these songs you feel them.”
Jessica Simpson Explains Why She’s Ditching Pop For Country
During an appearance on K-FROG 95.1 in Colton, California on Tuesday, Jessica Simpson talked about transitioning from pop to country music with her new single ‘Come On Over’.
“This is a pivotal moment in my career and my life,” Simpson said. “I feel I’ve kind of stepped over into new territory, but it feels so much at home for me. I really just wanted to showcase the talent that God has given me and I don’t believe that in pop music I ever had the chance to stand on two feet and stand firm and just feel comfortable and really just use what God has given me. Through country music and with the lyrics and it’s okay to do a ballad and it could be played on the radio, it doesn’t really happen in the pop world.”
Watch the interview via YouTube below.
Jessica Simpson ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Ashlee’s Engagement
April 11, 2008 – Jessica Simpson spoke with Us Weekly after her sister Ashlee broke news she and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz are engaged. “My sister is overflowing with joy,” Jessica told the mag. “Pete is an incredible soul. They naturally bring out the best in each other. I couldn’t be happier.”
Jessica Simpson Hospitalized & Released After Kidney Infection
March 31, 2008 – People magazine has learned Jessica Simpson was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Friday after suffering a fever. There, it was learned the singer was suffering from a kidney infection. A rep for Simpson told the magazine that she “has been released and is doing fine.”
Jessica Simpson Promotes Kuwait MySpace Concert On ‘Today’
March 11, 2008 – Jessica Simpson appeared via satellite from Kuwait on the ‘Today’ show on Monday (March 10), where the singer talked about performing the Operation MySpace concert for the troops. “I haven’t really gotten a lot of sleep,” Simpson admitted. “[I’ve] been signing autographs, done a couple rehearsals and [am] just trying to show my support as much as I can.” Watch the interview below.
Jessica Simpson Trio Honored At Cosmo’s Fun And Fearless Male Awards
March 4, 2008 – Jessica Simpson’s current boyfriend Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo joined the singer’s ex-boyfriend John Mayer and ‘Employee of The Month’ co-star Dane Cook, also linked to Simpson romantically, to be honored as Fun Fearless Males by Cosmopolitan magazine. Romo broke the ice when he joked about the situation while claiming his award at Monday’s luncheon. As Simpson looked on, Romo speculated about what made him qualify as Cosmo’s Fun, Fearless Male, saying: “Dane Cook, John Mayer … if you date Jessica Simpson, I guess.” Watch a report from ‘Access Hollywood’ below.