Jessica Simpson says she was “very” angry over her ex-husband Nick Lachey’s “low” joke about her father, Joe, several years ago. In a new interview, the Open Book author attributed her ex’s remark to his saltiness over their 2006 divorce.
In an interview on Andy Cohen’s Town Hall radio show, Jessica addressed questions about her dad’s unfavorable opinion of her marriage to the 98 Degrees alum. The host then asked her if she heard the joke Nick made about her dad’s sexuality when he was a guest on Watch What Happens Live back in 2013.
“I’d heard about it,” Jessica said. “That was low and that’s not for him to talk about by any means because he’s not connected with us at all anymore.”
The singer and fashion designer said she was “very” annoyed over Nick’s comments about her father.
“He was just bitter and he was just trying to take a dig,” the mom-of-three said of her ex.
More than a decade after the Newlyweds stars’ divorce, Cohen had Nick as a guest on Watch What Happens Live when the former boy bander gave a controversial answer to a question in the game “Plead the Fifth.” Cohen asked him to name the best thing about not having Joe Simpson as a father-in-law anymore, and he wasted no time in issuing a cheeky response to the question.
“The best thing about not having Joe Simpson anymore as a father-in-law is I don’t have to play grab-a** under the table on Easter Sunday,” Nick cracked.
At the time that he made his Watch What Happens Live joke, Nick hadn’t spoken to Jessica or her family in six years.
An insider told Radar Online that Jessica was “shocked and horrified” by her ex’s attempt to get a cheap laugh at her father’s expense.
Nick’s headline-making comment came one year after a male escort accused Joe Simpson of hiring him for sex, according to the celebrity gossip site. Simpson vehemently denied the rumors, but the drama took a toll on his 34-year marriage to Jessica’s mom, Tina.
In her memoir Open Book, Jessica does not go into detail regarding her father’s personal life despite rumors about his sexuality. The singer told the Los Angeles Times that her family doesn’t talk about her dad’s dating life following her parents’ divorce six years ago.
“That’s not something we talk about. That’s not my story to tell,” she said of her father’s personal life.