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Jessica's Mom Steamed Over '9 to 5' Flub

12/7/2006 7:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica and Tina SimpsonJessica Simpson's mother gave Jess a verbal smack-down after her "embarrassing" rendition of "9 to 5" in front of Dolly Parton and President Bush at the Kennedy Center Honors last weekend, telling her that she should get out of the business if she doesn't want to put in the work.

Sources tell TMZ that Tina Simpson was furious with Jess after she flubbed lyrics, stood statue-still on stage while trying to hold her dress up, and then awkwardly hurried off with a few mumbled words to Parton. Tina told her daughter that the performance was "embarrassing" and "unprofessional," and mom was further incensed because Jessica had missed a dress rehearsal and hadn't adequately learned lyrics to the song -- which necessitated cue cards at the front of the stage. Jessica can be clearly seen reading from the cards during her performance.

Curiously, Jessica's dad, Joe, wasn't undone by the snafu, according to Planet Gossip's Marc Malkin. Joe didn't feel there was any need to reshoot the performance, calling it "cute," but show producers, reports Malkin, begged Joe to have Jess do it again, without anyone in the audience. "We almost cut her out of the [CBS] show," says a source.

Jessica's rep has blamed the mishap on nerves, and tells TMZ, "There is no problem with Tina [and Jessica] whatsoever."Train Wreck gallery: Click to launch


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Tina Fan    

I think the mother's point was right on target. Jessica was getting paid big bucks to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors, and she needed a teleprompter? If she's such a big fan of Dolly Parton, she would know the song without having to even think about it. Crap, I even know some of the lyrics myself, and you can bet I would know the whole song if I had to sing it in front of Ms. Parton as a tribute. The audience was stunned to silence afterwards ... I agree with the poster who said they should have asked one of the country music stars to perform for Dolly Parton, as that would have been proper and you can bet there wouldn't have been any flubbed lyrics.

2779 days ago


Like Tina Simpson is in any position to call someone else embarassing and unprofessional. Tina would first have to be doing something professional in order to be unprofessional. And no I don't consider giving Joe Simpson head, looking the other way when the daughter give Joe Simpson head, or mooching off of Jessica's wealth a job.

2854 days ago


So Joe confirms it, she's thinks she's cut e when she screws up everything, meglomania at its worse. That's why she did the open mouth, "oooh, I'm nervous, don't I look great??" after she humiliated her "idol."

2854 days ago


This family is a train wreck. Hard to believe Mr. Simpson was once a minister. They are all turning into the punchline of a bad joke.

2854 days ago


well, she actually did sing. this is more than you can say for your other daughter who doesn't even do that and then f***s up and runs off while the song is still playing, right after dancing like the scarecrow from the wizard of oz.

2854 days ago


When she screwed up TRL cause she was "nervous," she said that's why she's a singer. Well, Mommy is right dear, you can't sing, read, or act. And your fake nose, hair, tan, eyelashes, breasts and buck teeth make you look like a tranny working the streets, so GO AWAY!

2854 days ago


wow, this is one messed up bunch of people.

2854 days ago


The company that peddles her clothes line lost masses on this tramp, take the hint, she doesn't even sell!

2854 days ago


I was expecting a "asshlee" style jig. Although Jessica has talent, unlike her sister, this performance was an embarrassment. She should be ashamed of herself.

2854 days ago


Just like Britney, the more Jessica has screwed up, the better their exes look. It is amazing how Hollywood tykes lack common sense. In Jessica's case, do they not do practice runs? Jessica needs to change her style if she is relying on the dumb blonde image. She really makes blondes look stupid. It is somewhat humiliating.

2854 days ago


How do you create a no-talent monster?????? get a pervert father to tell her everything loser move she does is cute. Well, you'll walways have each other...

2854 days ago

Super Dave    

Tina "let me whore my daughters out" Simpson should be more careful with her words. Should Jessica Simpson get out of the business, her bottom-feeding mother would lose her income. Of course Tina can still suck money from the untalented younger daughter in order to make ends meet. Enjoy the free ride while it lasts. Last I checked, motherly advice should not come at a price.

2854 days ago


It just goes to show you the lack of class and intelligence when the President of the United States has the likes of Jessica Simpson entertaining at the Kennedy Center Honors. Our country has no class if they have to show case someone like's a disgrace and an embarrassment to say the least.

2854 days ago


Her mom was right. Though what Jake W. said is true.
I cant stand her and Im tired of hearing about her.

2854 days ago


Shouldn't Jessica Simpson be performing at Disneyland rather than at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors? Whose idea was that? (probably cowboy George Bush!)

2854 days ago
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