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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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I agree with #71. This whole family is BEYOND dysfunctional! I've always wondered what is wrong with Tina Simpson, in that she allows her daughters to be put on display, and basically, be exploited by their father. Money be damned!

Someone needs to be honest with Jessica, and tell her she just doesn't have what it takes to compete in the big leagues. Joe is apparently feeding her ego, and not her acting or singing lessons. If this story is true, then hopefully Tina is coming to her senses and being honest with her daughter. Jessicas career is going down the tubes fast, so she may learn the truth the hard way!!

2823 days ago


Just another thought in the unimportant, but amusing story of Jessica Simpson.

I think she messed up not because she was "NERVOUS", but because she was intimidated by the TRUE talent at the event. Her CD, and movie "Employee of the Month", did not do well, so maybe she is starting to realize her 15 min. are about up!

2823 days ago


We all the real reason why she messed up on the song is cause she was gonna sh*t her pants so she had to get off the stage as fast as she could before it landed on the floor.

I am so sick with the dumb act. She had her moment in the light and she screwed that up by listening to her greedy father. Now please do us all a favor and take a leave from the spot light.

2823 days ago


She made a fool out of herself. She should have practiced and studied the words to the song. She also should have worn a dress that she felt comfortable in. Her Mom should have taken her to the potty before the show started.

2823 days ago


jessica is a great talent & it is so sad people are so jealous of her. But I can see why cause Jessica is drop dead gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2823 days ago


Jessica Simpson is nothing but a lazy ass and now she is even slacking in her career. Her mother never taught her how to pick up her own clothes (remember Newlyweds); that's pretty bad when the guy is disgusted by a girl's inability to pick up her own dirty panties and towels. Her mother has been quoted as saying she basically was a slave to Jessica around the house because Jessica was so busy with her career. Jessica is not a cute, little, young girl anymore and t & a can only get you so far!

2823 days ago


WOW! I can't believe how upset people become over someone that really does not affect us personally.

I do agree with the majority of responses!!!! She is not where she is today because of her talent. I am not a music buff, but it seemed for awhile she spent more time singing other artist's songs. To me she was more like a kareokee diva.

I do feel sorry for her. Her dad has a strange hold over her. I can't believe he was once a preacher, and that he not only allows, but encourages her to sell her sexuality, instead of her talent. Most fathers would have a hard time seeing thier baby girl walk around half naked, and knowing how other men are looking at her. It makes it even worse that he was once a preacher!!!!!!

If the majority of the public shares the opinions of the majority of the people that responded to this article - DADDY - has to know that he is perceived as a PERVERT, that has unhealthy thoughts about his own daughter. I wonder what his response is?


If dad is being picked on unfairly, then he needs to open his eyes and see how people view him.

2823 days ago


Who wouldn't be nervous singing in front of Dolly - the woman is a national treasure.

2823 days ago


You all that talk about this family as if you know them are wacky. And people like us who even post responses to stories like this need to get a life!

2823 days ago

LA Girl    

These girls are soooooooo stupid! I feel so embarrassed for both Jessica and Ashley! THEY CAN'T SING. My gosh I've heard better singers at the American Idol auditions. It's so obvious that all they are good for is publicity, and oh yeah their bodies, because Brains and Talent is totally out. Jessica can't act, think, talk or sing, all she can do is look good. As for Ashley, NO COMMENT, SNL said it all (oh yeah and that McDonalds video, very classy). Did anyone ever see Jessica's audition tape when she was a little kid? She was going up agains Britney and Christina and guess what? She sucked! Her voice was horrible. So that's proof enough, she might as well just get into porn, that's the only thing she has going for. And her dad? Oh yeah he can promote her boobs since he seems to think so highly of them (discussting!). Ashley and mom? Yeah just live of whatever Jessica earns. :)

2823 days ago


Tina Simpson had every right to scold Jessica... Jessica has an amazing voice - she's got a lot of talent just listen to her earlier c.d's/songs.. she's got amazing range and is definitely gifted but it seems that now that she has made a name for herself she only give partial effort in her performances and what happend in the tribute shows that. She should have practiced that song and she should have known it off by heart, that's her job... and as her mother said if she's not up for putting in the work, then get out of the business, there are tonnes of other women waiting to take her place and willing to put in the needed effort.
Also, for all of you are saying that Tina and Joe live off their daughters - if it weren't for them Ashlee and Jessica wouldnt be where they are right now - they are the ones who organize both of those girls' careers, so they have every right to give their input (except for Joe's comments about Jessica's breasts - thats just disturbing)

2823 days ago


Tina was right. There is no reason Jessica should have missed a dress rehersal. And there is no reason she shouldn't have learned the words to the song. Jessica is talented but she's allowing the dumb blond routine to outshine her talent. That was a major event and not some dumb MTV awards show where mistakes like that are considered cute. It is an insult to Dolly and that is ashame.

2823 days ago

Mary Worth    

Jessica dishonored Dolly Parton.
I'm with her mom; Jessica is unprofessional!

2823 days ago

Hello Kitty    

Jess's mother was right to tell her to pull her act together. She has always said she was a huge fan of Dolly and I'm sure there were more than a few female singers who would have put in the work to learn the song and sing to Dolly.

I'v always liked Jessica Simpson, but she needs to get back to the professional level she was at when she first made in on the radio & music charts.

Unlike her sister she can sing live, and she let herself down.

2823 days ago


I would like to Buy her. She's affordable now.

2823 days ago
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