Joe Simpson: My daughters aren’t “failures”


Monday night was Ashlee Simpson’s Broadway debut, and her immediate family came out to support her. Jessica got weepy, Pete Wentz got drunk and had to pee, Mama Tina was quiet, as usual, and Joe Simpson decided to give some douchey quotes to some waiting journalists. Thank God he didn’t decide to wax poetic on Jessica’s breasts again, although the passive-aggressive force is strong with this family. Papa Joe decided he would make a pre-emptive attack against all of those people who would call his daughters “failures”. He actually used that word – “failures”. Anyway, he says “The world always want to make it look like we’re failures but we’re really just a family that works hard.” Right:

Nobody puts Joe Simpson’s babies in a corner.

At Monday’s performance of Chicago in Manhattan — where daughter Ashlee Simpson-Wentz made her Broadway debut in the role of Roxy — the Hollywood dad admitted to feeling besieged.

“We as a family are under a lot pressure,” Simpson said, adding that people want “to make us look bad and wants us to fail.”

This past year, the proud patriarch saw Jessica, 29, struggle with her weight, mourn the death-by-coyote of her beloved dog Daisy and get dumped by boyfriend Tony Romo.

(Next year she returns to reality TV with The Price of Beauty, the VH1 series set to debut in March.)

While Ashlee, 25, and husband Pete Wentz doted on baby Bronx, who just turned one, she was also recently fired from the CW’s Melrose Place.

“It was never a loss,” her father says of the Melrose burn. “The world says whatever it says. [The world], again, always want to make it look like we’re failures but we’re really just a family that works hard.”

The happy dad — who cried during Ashlee’s Chicago performance — praised both of his daughters’ ability to roll with the punches. “My children look at ups and downs and rise up above it all and remain strong…We’re just normal people, and we always try to be who we say we are.”

[From Us Weekly]

Here’s the thing: I’ll buy that some people call Jessica and/or Ashlee “failures”. I’ve seen it happen, and let’s face it, they have “failed” at certain things in their lives. We all do. They’re both resilient girls, so I get that the whole “working hard” thing is defensive for a reason. But it just seems like an odd message for Papa Joe to bring to an audience – especially given that he was at Ashlee’s big Broadway debut. And all he can think about is defending his girls from imaginary (or not so imaginary) attacks… and by doing so, he gives those criticisms legitimacy. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Papa Joe does more damage to his daughters’ careers than they do themselves. He needs to learn how to put a sock in it, at least around reporters.

Joe Simpson at Ashlee’s Broadway premiere in New York, November 30, 2009. Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Jessica Simpson at Ashlee’s birthday celebration at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2009.


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  1. fizXgirl314 says:

    He shouldn’t have to defend his kids like that… It’s sad what the public does to some of these celebrities… He shouldn’t have to justify to anyone whether his daughters are failures or not… Man I am SO glad I am not in the bidness… People can be vicious and cruel… At least all my failures are relatively private…

  2. Shane Gentry says:

    Well, reality is that they’ve both made millions upon millions of dollars. So they’re hardly failures.

  3. Firestarter says:

    His daughters aren’t failures, but he is skeevy!

  4. Keen says:

    His daughters aren’t failures, HE is! For someone who presents himself as son family oriented, he sure isn’t against whoring his daughters out for a quick buck. Case in point: who in their right mind (or who wasn’t blinded by greed) would open up their own daughters first year of marriage (which most people will agree is the hardest) to a reality show?!? Answer: Someone who is being a greedy business manager and not a loving father. I don’t think the Simpson girls are failures, I think it’s amazing that they don’t break ties with their user of a Dad. He sucks and they’re just along for the ride.

  5. bella says:

    This family doesn’t need anyone else’s help to “make them look bad”…they do a darn fine job of that themselves.

    Ashley dated Pete when he was still w/ Michelle Trachtenberg; got pregnant; had a shotgun wedding; overshared about their sex-life; fought with him in public while drunk, etc… Jessica cheated on Nick; bailed on her marriage; whined about it excessively; latches onto whatever man shows her interest, etc…

    From what I’ve read, both Jessica & Ashley are “ugly drunks,” but who knows, that could be from all the crap they have to deal with from their Chester-the-molester of a dad. That man would do both daughters a great service if he fell off the face of the earth.

  6. heb says:

    Yeah he’s the failure, if he wasn’t such an interceding ass Jessica would probably still be married and have a toddler.

    At least he lost all that weight.

  7. nAynAy says:

    His daughters aren’t failures. They just happen to suck at a lot of things they do. No biggie. Their father on the other hand is a huge failure, as far as I can tell, at being a father.

  8. Firestarter says:

    To be honest, I do not know how Nick put up with that creep of a father for as long as he did!

  9. t says:

    I’m sure it is very hard work to keep his daughters famous when they can’t act or sing. That’s why Joe is always running around making bizarre comments about their bra size, weight, and sex lives. If they can’t be famous for their talent, at least he can try to keep them infamous by selling their souls to the tabloids.

    His hard work has paid off again. He got a story in the tabloids by reminding people of their professional failures and, according to Us Magazine, uses this premiere to pimp Jessica to any takers.

    “Joe has a message to all those eligible bachelors out there…’You could never ask for a more loving woman and honest woman’”.

  10. snowball says:

    t:, I’m sure you’d get people disagreeing with you that either of the Simpson girls can’t act or sing. Jessica had a fairly successful record or two. I can’t call that failure – she got a recording contract. Ditto with Ashlee, although she’s not my cup of tea.

    I’m on the Joe is a Pig bandwagon. And the one that says neither of the Simpson girls should be called failures. How much money is Jess worth? And Ashlee? If we measure success by how much you weigh or who you’re dating or being dumped by, 90% of the world is in trouble.

    Everytime that dink opens his mouth, I like his daughters more. Whatever they achieved, they did it in spite of having a douche for a dad who says the most irresponsible, skeevy and hurtful things about his kids in the media.

    I poop on him.

  11. Bex says:

    I saw a photo once of Jessica before all the plastic surgery, hair bleaching and teeth work and she was just a plain slightly dumpy kid. One of the things that really lowers Joe in my estimation is that he has encouraged his daughters at such young ages to reconstruct themselves into some plastic Hollywood ideal.

  12. lucy2 says:

    All that his statement does is create headlines that contain both his daughters and the word “failures”. Way to go, Joe.
    I don’t think they’re failures, they’ve both had SOME success in the entertainment industry. However, I never thought either had the talent to back up their level of fame. Rather than letting them naturally gain popularity, make albums, etc, he pushed both of them for more and more fame (and probably cost Jess her marriage) with all the reality shows and endorsements and everything, and overexposure turns people off. If anyone’s the failure, it’s him – he’s a lousy manager and should have put their careers in the hands of professionals, and just been happy being their dad.

  13. Kate says:

    Papa Joe is slimy but, as a business manager, he is a genius. He took two marginally …. and I mean MARGINALLY talented daughters and made millions. I can’t abide the guy (or his daughters) but he has managed to make them relevant even though they don’t do anything well other than sell tabloids.

    Now if you want to analyze his abilities as a father, that’s a whole other kettle of fish … sure, he’s made millions, but at what cost to his kids and their personal lives?

  14. journey says:

    every little girl’s dream. to be opening on broadway, her name in lights, the crowds applauding. and up steps daddy to the microphone to talk about her “failures”. way to ruin a dream night papa simp.

  15. Obvious says:

    @Snowball thank you for voicing my sentiments. I can now feel free to live out the rest of my day. =)

  16. Vibius says:

    They made millions…. what losers. I dont understand why, but they made a lot of money.

  17. lin234 says:

    It’s hard to believe he was once a Christian pastor. Ick.

  18. Ana says:

    I don’t think they are talented but I like Jessica’s shoe line. And some of her other products. NOT her perfume.
    These girls really aren’t famous for anything special except for their personal lives and embarrassing moments. Oh and wait, defending their embarrassing moments. They spend a lot of time protesting.

  19. Trillion says:

    They are certainly critical failures, but then again I’m not sure if that’s the kind of success they were going for. They seem to simply go where the money is with no regard to anything but that general goal. Money and media coverage. What a bore.