Jessica Simpson farts her way onto a “mentor” gig for Project Runway knock-off


Oh, GOD. Farty got a job! Sorry, that was mean. Farty already has a job – a big one, where she’s a big-time designer of her own billion-dollar branded industry. But Farty wasn’t content with just doing the clothing-purse-shoe thing. No, Farty wants to take her fashion sense to the streets! Or, to NBC. Apparently, NBC is beginning what seems like a Project Runway-esque style show called Fashion Star. It’s a reality series with Farty as the “celebrity mentor”. Seriously. Jessica Simpson will “mentor aspiring designers as they compete for the chance to win a multi-million dollar contract to launch their own brands.”

Jessica Simpson’s got a new gig! The 30-year-old engaged fashion designer is set to appear as the celebrity mentor on NBC’s new reality series, Fashion Star, the network announced Monday.

“NBC is delighted to work with singer, designer, actress and pop culture icon Jessica Simpson,” the network’s Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming Paul Telegdy tells Us Weekly in a statement. “With an almost billion dollar lifestyle brand under her belt she is sure to be an excellent mentor to our up-and-coming designers.”

Simpson — whose Jessica Simpson brand has raked in $750 million in 35 countries — will join supermodel host Elle MacPherson for the series, which searches for the next big fashion brand.

Fashion Star’s 14 designers are sure to learn a lot from Simpson, named Us Weekly’s Style Icon of the Year.

“I’m in the workroom in [L.A.'s] Westwood a few times a week from 11 to 7 at night,” says Simpson, who’s completely hands-on with the creation of her chic but affordable line. “Nothing goes out without me seeing it or my mom [Tina Simpson, cocreative director] seeing it,” Simpson explains.

Fashion Star’s debut date has yet to be announced.

[From Us Weekly]

My first reaction: no one who has worn reindeer tights stretched to their very limit should ever be a style mentor. My second thought was about Jessica’s “judge” duties on last season’s Project Runway finale, where Jessica looked like hell, but she seemed kind of smart-ish and knowledgeable (about fashion).

SO… this could get interesting. As you might remember, I’ve sworn off Project Runway after that horrible, terrible, untalented, nasty, ridiculous piece of work Gretchen won last season. Jessica was there – she saw what went down and she was on Team Mondo. My hope is that they organize this show really well, and put Jessica with some strong personalities, but not so strong that they’ll shout her down. I get the feeling that Jessica “gives in” when challenged, so she’ll need to stand up for her ideas. UPDATE: Crap, Elle Macpherson is the “host” of the show. Elle is totally CRAZY. This show is going to be insane (and insanely good!).

It just occurred to me – if she’s the “mentor” does that make her the “Tim Gunn” of the show?!!? Oh noes. Now I can’t wait to watch it.




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  1. gee says:

    I’m excited for this hot mess.

  2. Mitsey Martin says:

    no one who has worn reindeer tights stretched to their very limit – hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  3. brin says:

    Can you imagine being mentored by someone who wears short shorts, platform heels and ill fitting tops every day?

  4. brin says:

    Oh, and will her fiance be there to help her stand up? Sorry, guess I took my snarky pill today!

  5. Quest says:

    Jessica needs to start wearing more flattering clothes. I have seen women with meat on their bones look extremely hot, but Jessica usually looks like a square hot mess.

    Maybe she will mentor the hopefuls and one million ways to fart during the runway show

  6. Reality says:

    Farty? Bit harsh, as she’s never done or said anything to hurt anyone.

  7. t says:

    Well, Reality, she’s announced publicly many times that she has a farting problem and loves to fart (in bed with men, pretending to be a designer in meetings with the people who really are,etc) because she thinks its funny. While her farts might not leave a bruise, they do reek and unless you’re John Mayer or Jessica, nobody enjoys smelling farts.

    So “Farty” is not harsh at all. It’s right on the money.

    Based on the last line of this announcement, “Fashion Star’s debut date has yet to be announced” ,I wouldn’t be surprised if this never airs.

  8. moxy says:

    she hasnt been seen with her engagement ring since everyone freaked out about it looked very zales

  9. DanDan says:

    Jessica acts so silly sometimes, but overall, she seems like a good person. I wish her well, and hope her show’s a success. :-)

  10. Deb says:

    Has she gained weight? She looks like she has the start of a double chin in the last picture. Poor dear.

  11. Sigh. says:

    “where she’s a big-time designer of her own billion-dollar branded industry”

    Am I supposed to believe she actually DESIGNS for her lines…cuz I just don’t. Not for one minute.

  12. Heatheradair says:

    I actually buy that she’s a good pick if she’s primarily responsible for advising on the BUSINESS aspects of launching a brand. Because she’s built her shoes/purse biz into a MASSIVE money-making empire that’s busting through all sorts of revenue records, so she knows a thing or two about the business of marketing fashion, even if she doesn’t understand how to dress herself……

  13. Crash2GO2 says:

    This has to be a joke…

  14. MarenGermany says:

    that second picture…..bwahahaha.
    How mean to choose those pics every time, but they ARE priceless.

    Bless her heart.

  15. ladybert62 says:

    I just cannot take this woman seriously – she looks dumb as a rock and the clothes I have seen on her are horrible.

  16. Sue says:

    Heatheradair@ Jessica people and her daddy built her shoes/purse biz into a MASSIVE money-making empire and her people/her daddy are the ones who knows a thing or two about the business of marketing fashion; she is just the face of the brand.

  17. t says:

    The Camuto Group, which owns her name, takes care of the marketing of the Jessica Simpson line and hiring real designers. I don’t believe she knows anything about the business of launching a line anymore than I believe Ronald McDonald has any say in the business of running the McDonald’s empire.

  18. Lady Kim says:

    Jessica being the brains behind her empire is as believable as Katie Holmes being a designer a woman who looks a hot mess 90% of the time, bragging about how her 5 year old dresses her. Katie line at Barneys is also on sale for 55% after being in stores for a short time.

  19. Ron says:

    Vince Camuto runs the shoe and bag business for Jessica. She does have creative input though.

  20. kiikii says:

    I actually found Jessica pleasantly surprising when she guest judged on Project Runway.

    She actually had some sensible things to say … and actually showed some design aesthetic abilities with being Team Mondo!

  21. ol cranky says:

    If this is Elle’s way of getting back at Heidi Klum over that “The Body” title, it’s an epic fail

  22. June says:

    I think the pictures you chose for the post are fricking hilarious! She looks as though she is getting ready to fart- a MEAN one!

  23. flutters says:

    Jessica acts so silly sometimes, but overall, she seems like a good person.
    @Dandan The word from Nashville when she was attempting her country crossover was that she was spoiled, entitled, and lazy and wanted to be treated as an established superstar.

    This show sounds like a very good move for her. Jessica obviously wants back on TV and after getting rejected by AI and X Factor, this seems like the perfect fit for her because it’s the one place where, by luck or design, she can be called successful. It sounds like a show with a big budget and it sounds like they’re going to have revenue streams beyond just ads. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the live music performances is Jessica’s attempt to relaunch (again) her singing career. That should be funny.

    It’ll be interesting to see this show when it eventually makes it to TV.

  24. Jessica says:

    I remember reading in the August 2001 issue of Twist magazine (With Jessica on the cover)Where she mentioned that She and Nick would have Farting contests.

    And Yes, she does think Farting and Burping are funny.

    She also does not brush her teeth and she only washes her hair when it starts to smell.

    Jessica IS Nasty!!!!

    This is something you would hear from a high school student NOT a 31 year old grown ass woman.

  25. Annie V. says:

    I heard Jessica say, on The View, that her mother is totally responsible for her line of shoes, purses, etc. Her mother handles everything, but sometimes Jessica has to attend a meeting. They just sell Jessica’s name to certain companies.

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