Ashlee Simpson may be headed back to television with a brand new reality TV show, but don't expect her older sister Jessica Simpson to do the same. The blonde singer is definitely supportive of her sister's new series Ashlee+Evan, but recently said she's absolutely certain she will never return to reality television with a show of her own. Her's her reason:
Jessica Simpson is likely referring to her time on the unscripted 2003 series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, which chronicled her first years of marriage to now ex-husband Nick Lachey. Among other things, the series focused on Simpson's portrayal as being gullible, giving America the impression she fit the "dumb blonde" stereotype. The show also reportedly added additional tension to the couple's marriage, which ended not long after the reality series concluded filming Season 3. Simpson understands more than most just how invasive and manipulative reality television can be, and thus has no interest in bringing cameras into her life again to record her every move.
Ashlee Simpson likely understands her sister's misgivings about reality television better than the public can, which may be why Jessica told ET she was shocked to hear her sister (who had an embarrassing television moment of her own) was doing Ashlee+Evan:
Ashlee Simpson is apparently confident enough in her marriage and her current life at the moment to let the cameras capture whatever they have for the six-episode "docu-drama." As Jessica Simpson mentioned, the younger celeb already had her own reality series, The Ashlee Simpson Show, over a decade ago; she had a couple of appearances on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica as well. Jessica will indeed return the favor by appearing on a couple episodes in the back half of Ashlee+Evan, so it's not as though she's completely against any and all appearances. Rather, it sounds like Jessica is just more happy with being able to take her mic off and walk away from the cameras without someone shoving a contract in her face and reminding her what she signed up for.
Ashlee+Evan is set to premiere on E! with a one-hour premiere Sunday, September 9 at 10 p.m. ET. For more on Jessica Simpson and her life these days, check out this bikini pic she recently posted on vacation. For a look at some shows to watch until then, be sure to head over to our summer premiere guide.
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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