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Jess Coughs It Up on "Today"

9/1/2006 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Click to return to TMZ.comYou can't fault her for not giving it the old college try: Jessica Simpson, battling a throat injury and barely able to talk without a noticable croak, performed on the "Today" show this morning, almost in the exact same spot in Rockefeller Center that she was walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards last night.

The songstress wasn't exactly in full voice, but she gamely worked her way through two songs from her new album, "A Public Affair" on the chilly stage. She then told Matt Lauer that she did not in fact have laryngitis, but had suffered a burst blood vessel on her vocal cord. Jessica then revealed a homemade remedy given to her by her voice coach, of which Lauer took a sniff and identified, with mock shock, as "pure liquor."

Of course, it wasn't liquor at all -- just some form of cough syrup. But Jessica played along: "I'm gettin' a little buzz in the morning."

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Hollygolightly    

JESSICA SIMPSON IS A FAT ASS. LAST NIGHT SHE HAD TO WEAR UNDERGARMENTS THAT SUCKED HER FAT ROLLS IN. SHE LOOKS THE WAY SHE SOUNDS. CAN'T WAIT FOR HER ALBUM TO TANK. MAYBE WE WILL GET RID OF HER FOR GOOD.

2871 days ago
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BoJames    

Why is this hack still being talked about? Hey, Jessica, next week you will be as forgotten as Nick was before he got with YOU.

Stop trying. Paris already has your desired spot filled.

2871 days ago
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New One    

No Muslims for there lack of respect for individuals right to believe what they want to believe in, and life itself.

2871 days ago
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Brittany    

Jessica needs to stop singing. Both her and Ashlee are always "losing their voices" obviously it's a sign.

2871 days ago
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marianne.    

Hate her, love Nick, thanks to her for finding Nick, don't understand what that Muslim post is about

2871 days ago
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Confused on the Photo    

Matt, "Mock Shock" you think everytime her and her mom are at these clubs they are drinking water with lemon. Get Real. She likes to drink like her sis (Remember Toronto) and her sweet preachers daughter is about over. Thank God. The whole family is sucked into Sin Central. Isn't about time they all had their 15 minutes........2 years......of fame to stop. There is no talent there. Move on people and find some family to watch and admire that does goes in this world. This family isn't it.

2871 days ago
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Lance K.    

She sounded Horrendous. and make that an emphasis on HO. I know she was having voice problems but lets be honest Jessica hasn't sounded great in a long time. She started relying too much on looks and her name and stopped developing her talent

2870 days ago
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EGO    

Cute for a blonde, dumber than a coat rack.

Go-Fig

2870 days ago
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valory    

whatever she got done to her face makes her look like she got hit by a train.......

2870 days ago
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Jenn    

Jessia sold her soul to the devil. She has become (or trying to fit into that mold) a sex pot oppose to a singer she once ones. Whoever is managing her these days is giving her some really bad advice. Her "Public Affair" video is proof of that. It shows she has no more morals. I can't bare to watch that video.

Nick on the other hand is coming off as a "class act". A true gentleman. Jessica will wake up one day, when her 5 mins. of fame is flushed, and realize she let a good one get away.

2870 days ago
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Dimples    

Maybe she doesn't sing very well. She was very nice to her fans. She was signing autographs and taking pictures. There are some celebrities that will not do that.

2870 days ago
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ROSIE    

SHE NEEDS TO GET OVER HER SELF. SHE IS A FLAT ASS GOOD FOR NOTHING DUMB BLOND. SHE WOBLES HER HEAD WHEN SHE TALKS LIKE A BIG HEAD DOLL. SHE IS SOOOOOOOO RETARDED,

2870 days ago
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summer25    

that stuff her voice coach gave her is a Chinese herbal cough syrup, no liquor at all.

2870 days ago
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areyoukidding    

hey "just me" - I didn't get it either - let me know if you figure it out!!! As far as Jessica "singing" - her back track must have been broken, now she has to really "sing" or "bray like a donkey!!" I bet the next statement from her camp is - "Jessica's album tanked because she was too sick to promote it" - No, she just SUCKS and since her split with Nick - no one cares what she does, or WHO she does!!!

2870 days ago
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Bella    

Matt was joking about the liquor.......hello! Was she really singing? I don't see how if she could hardly talk.

2870 days ago
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