A 'Newlyweds' producer admits Jessica Simpson probably wasn't acting

A tale as old as time.
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Sigh. Jessica Simpson, everybody. Photo: Getty

“The Newlyweds,” a reality show about Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey being um, newlyweds is back in the news. And it only took 12 years!

While mostly it’s funny to think of either Simpson or Lachey as relevant these days, a producer of the long gone MTV series is going around exposing secrets. She certainly bided her time!

Sue Kolinsky, who worked on the series all three seasons, dished some behind-the-scene secrets to Complex and basically, she maybe thinks Simpson wasn’t just acting like a dumb blonde.

"There were times when we were like, 'Hm, does she really not know what this means?'" Kolinsky said. "I truly believe the whole 'chicken & fish' situation was accurate. She really did not know. I remember there was a scene where there was a dead mouse by their pool and it had been dead for a while. Nick said, 'it's in rigor mortis' and Jessica said, 'Riga-what?' I truly believe she didn't know what that meant." Oh, Jessica. You sweet summer child.


“It was a whole new genre,” she continued. “When it comes to reality TV, back then it was at its purest form. Plus, [Nick and Jessica] were perfect because they were polar opposites, they were beautiful and without even realizing it, they were very funny.”

Ultimately, though, Kolinsky thinks that the pair split after three seasons because they were completely different.

"He was frugal, and she had excessive taste. In the end they weren't suited for each other. The only thing they really had in common was their music. She was really young; I think he's seven years older than her. He wanted a family, and her father thought maybe she was too young. Her father was very involved in her life."

Gross. Of course Papa Joe was overly involved. What a mess.


Anyway, the two have probably forgotten they were ever even married to each other, so we can go back to pretending “The Newlyweds” never even existed.

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